●G20 Digital Economy Ministers Virtual Meeting
•Recently, a virtual meeting of G20 Digital Economy Ministers was hosted by Saudi Arabia in which Indian Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology represented India
Quick Note for India in meeting
•Early lockdowns which helped in curbing the spread of the virus as well as preparing for the upcoming challenges effectively.
•Initiatives like Aarogya Setu mobile app, Covid-19 Quarantine Alert System (geofencing system for monitoring quarantined patients) and Covid-19 Savdhan (bulk messaging systems).
•All digital platforms need to be accountable and sensitive towards concerns related to defence and data privacy of citizens of sovereign countries.
[The comments follow the Indian government’s move to ban 59 Chinese applications citing a threat to national security and sovereignty]
•The digital economy must go hand in hand with the data economy because data is an important component to accelerate the digital economy.
•Emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence should be leveraged for inclusive growth and development especially in healthcare and education.
•In the wake of a pandemic like Covid-19, there is a need for building a resilient global supply chain.
•India’s potential as an attractive destination for investment closely integrated with global supply chains was also brought into focus.
•India is soon going to put in place a robust personal data protection law (Personal Data Protection Bill 2019) which will not only address the data privacy-related concerns of citizens but also ensure availability of data for innovation and economic development
•There is a need to acknowledge who has sovereignty over data. Data must belong to the sovereign nation concerned, to protect the privacy of its people, to protect digital concerns for its people.
•Digital platforms having a presence in many countries must become trustworthy, safe and secure.