This is a roundup by Perry4Law’s Techno Legal Base (PTLB) of the recent national and international events, news and views. The roundup includes fields like cyber law, cyber security, digital India, skills development and trainings, e-mail policy of India, censorship by Google and Twitter of dissenting digital India related topics, etc.
The detailed roundup is as follows:
(a) Online Card Games: Online card games in India are still legally risky in the absence of any clear cut position from the Supreme Court of India and Indian government. The issue is pending before the Supreme Court of India and it may take some more years before the issues would be finally resolved. As on date, the online card games websites in India are in limbo and in state of legal uncertainty.
(b) Skills Development: The need to develop skills in India has been reiterated once again by PTLB especially for the law enforcement and intelligence agencies of India. There is also a possibility that United States agencies like FBI would train Indian intelligence officials for cyber terrorism and related issues. PTLB believes that online skills development methods must be developed by Indian government to meet its skills development objectives.
(c) Censorship By Google And Twitter: In a bizarre incidence, the dissenting tweets and posts regarding digital India were censored by both Google and Twitter repeatedly. PTLB condemns these censorship activities of Google and Twitter and hope that both of these companies would respect civil liberties in cyberspace in the future.
(d) Internet Safety Campaign: In a welcome move, Indian government has decided to launch an Internet safety campaign. We at PTLB welcome this move of India government. At the same time we also recommend that school children in India must be suitably educated about cyber issues so that they do not become victims of cyber criminals.
(e) Digital India: In a complete U turn, Indian government has shown little respect to civil liberties in cyberspace. Not only Indian government is censoring Aadhaar related critical views but even opinions reflecting the shortcomings of digital India project have been censored. By clubbing the digital India project with Aadhaar, Indian government has made digital India the digital panopticon of India.
(f) E-Mail Policy Of India: Indian government has finally enforced the e-mail policy of India. As per the notified e-mail policy, using private e-mail services have been banned for official communications in India. This is a good step in the right direction and PTLB welcomes the same.
(g) First CISO Of India: Dr. Gulshan Rai has been appointed the first chief information security officer (CISO) of India. PTLB welcomes this move of Indian government as it would go a long way in strengthening of cyber security of India. This CISO position would operate directly under the PMO.
PTLB hopes that this update would be useful to our readers and all the stakeholders. Please revisit this website and other blogs of PTLB for more updates.