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New Delhi: Democratic countries must join hands to think about creating security, trust and accountability on the borderless internet, the minister of state for electronics and communications said on Saturday. IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar. Speaking at the first-ever Indian Internet Governance Forum (IIGF) organized by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI), he said the India was emerging as one of the largest connected countries with 800 million people online.

With the world’s largest rural broadband program, India will soon have over a billion people on the internet, he noted.

“Considering the size of the Internet and cyberspace, which has no borders, it needs cooperation. The world needs to think about it, especially democratic countries and societies,” Chandrasekhar said.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Digital India mission with 3 main objectives: transforming the lives of Indians, expanding economic opportunities through digital entrepreneurship and building strategic capacities in certain technologies, especially the Internet, so that the future of the Internet is country-driven. which are open societies and share the same set of democratic values ​​and respect the rights of citizens.

“The IIGF was in many ways aimed at talking and having more stakeholders around the big roundtable ie India on how to keep the internet open? How do we make sure that the Internet is safe and trusted by everyone who uses it? security and trust are extremely important attributes because there are brand new demographics that were not predicted many years ago, namely children, women and the elderly, ”Chandrasekhar said.

He said the government is committed to connecting all Indians to the internet.

Cyber ​​security expert and Supreme Court lawyer Pavan Duggal said the government made a comprehensive amendment to the IT law in 2008, but made cosmetic security arrangements.

“It was the time when cybersecurity was starting to evolve. In 2021, we will need to have a legal framework dedicated to cybersecurity either in the form of a dedicated provision under the IT law or in the form of new legislation. Cybersecurity and cyber resilience must be mandated, ”said Duggal.

Voyager Infosec Director Jiten Jain said India is on the cusp of the digital age with an abundant skilled workforce, but legal provisions have been responsive in the country instead of be proactive.

“We need a law that should be a living, nimble and living document that deals with today’s issues. Any law passed in relation to IT law, we need to have it reviewed by Parliament every two years. “said Jain.