Make Big Tech accountable to communities and society: MoS Electronics & IT

Rajiv Chandrasekar, State Minister for Electronics and IT, said that countries need to unite and cooperate to bring to justice major technology players such as Facebook, Google.

“If we want to bring common sense and some consistency to how large technology platforms should be accountable to communities and society at large, countries will have to come together and work together. This attempt to regulate or even create some prudence, rules and accountability is often seen as a challenge to freedom of speech, ”said Chandrasekar, speaking at the 30th Nasscom Technology & Leadership Forum 2022.

He added that India should take the lead in conducting this dialogue as it has one of the most connected consumer markets in the world. “We are one of the largest connected democracies in the world. And do we have anything to teach the world in terms of how we deal with digitization? How do we manage to increase the digital version? How we manage inclusion and simultaneous access to all parts to ensure that the Internet is secure, reliable, open and accountable. We made it the first country to come up with IT rules, ”he said.

Chandrasekaran also said the data protection bill could take some time to become law, as the government is reluctant to rush it. “This bill is about three years old, and significant changes have taken place since then. The bill was returned to the ministry. I believe that it is important to properly finalize the next stage of legislation. I don’t mean the details, but in terms of its ability to be flexible and evolutionary. I think we will make a big mistake if we move to legislation that is very rigidly coded, very implemented in terms of principles that may not necessarily develop. “

He also said that both the industry and companies with proposals and recommendations are widely involved in the bill. Speaking about the purge of the law by the parliamentary board, the minister said his cabinet was overwhelmed with both support and criticism of the bill, and many were also making new proposals, which is why discussions are ongoing.

With regard to confidentiality, the Minister said that security, trust, responsibility and openness are contradictory principles, and the choice was often influenced by convenience, but security and trust are very important for public policy.

“While digitizing our democracy is important, keeping our democracy safe and ensuring that technology is deployed in a credible and accountable manner is equally important,” he said.

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