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Cyberattacks a significant threat to democracy: Narendra Modi

Cyberattacks a significant threat to democracy: Narendra Modi

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Nov 2017, 10:29 pm

New Delhi, Nov 23 (IBNS) : Calling cyberattack  a significant threat to democracy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said creating a safe and secure cyberspace is one of the primary agendas of  his Government.

"...Nations must also take responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalization," Modi said while addressing while inaugurating the 5th Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in New Delhi.

He said one of the focus areas should be to train professionals to tackle cyberattacks.

"Cyber protection must become a reliable career option for youth," he added.

Keeping this in view, information sharing and coordination among security agencies is essential to counter the ever-changing threat landscape, the PM said.

Modi said empowerment through digital access is the aim of the government and digital technology has saved around $10 billion so far by eliminating middlemen.

"We in India, give primacy to the human face of technology, and are using it to improve what I call, ease of living.” Empowerment through digital access, is an objective that the Government of India is especially committed to. Digital India is the world's largest, technology-led transformative programme which is paving the way for our citizens to avail digital services. We are using mobile power or M-power to empower our citizens," he said.

The MyGov platform is a prime example of how technology strengthens offices. PRAGATI (Pro-Active Governance And Timely Implementation) has resulted in faster governance decisions through general consensus, he added.

PRAGATI, an interactive platform, is aimed at addressing the common man’s grievances and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Centre as well as projects flagged by state governments.

Launching the Umang mobile app, Modi said, “The app will provide over 1,000 citizen-centric services. It will automatically add pressure among peers and result in a better performance.”

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was also present at the event, said there was no legal framework on cyberspace and he hopes that the conference leads to a consensus to finalize the terms of the framework.

Wickremesinghe is on a four-day visit to India with the aim of boosting bilateral ties.

Cyberattacks a significant threat to democracy: Narendra Modi

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