How To Protect Fundamental Rights On The Internet ft. Mr. Anupam Agarwal

How To Protect Fundamental Rights On The Internet ft. Mr. Anupam Agarwal

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“Cyber-threat is mainly a reflection of our weaknesses. An accurate vision of digital and behavioural gaps is crucial for a consistent cyber-resilience.” ? Stephane Nappo

Internet Governance, broadly defined, is the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. It covers activities such as development and coordination of technical standards, operation of critical infrastructure and public policy issues. It involves Internet Protocol Addressing (IP Addressing), Domain Name System (DNS), Routing, Technical Innovations, Standardization, Security, Public Policy, Privacy, Legal Issues, Cyber Norms, Intellectual Property and taxation.

In the sixth episode of TuriyaTalks Season 1, we had an opportunity to discuss the theme “Internet Governance” with our Guest of Honour Mr. Anupam Agarwal, the chairman of India Internet Foundation. The interview, hosted by Sandhya Sutodia, encompassed a discussion emphasizing the significance of internet governance in respect of protecting our fundamental rights and its impact on issues such as human rights, media freedom and development.

Some insights incorporated from the interview are as follows:

  • The first workable prototype of the Internet came in the late 1960s with the creation of ARPANET, or the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Defence.

  • India Internet Foundation (IIFON) is an Internet Research & Policy think tank organization working on thematic, policy and technical dimensions of Internet. It is not for profit organization and registered as a trust under Indian Laws.

  • E-Governance and Internet Governance are in contrast to each other in terms of their connotation. E-Governance is understood as the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at all the level of the Government in order to provide services to the citizens, interaction with business enterprises and communication and exchange of information between different agencies of the Government in a convenient as well as efficient manner.

  • The most important fundamental right protected by internet governance is the freedom of expression. It also ensures that the intellectual property of an individual is protected from external tampering, especially during online monetary transactions.

  • Cyber resilience is the ability of an organization to prepare, respond, and recover when cyberattacks happen. An organization has cyber resilience if it can defend itself against these attacks, limit the effects of a security incident, and guarantee the continuity of its operation during and after the attacks.

  •  Fake news have become rampant recently. To counter the issues arising due to fake news, an individual should verify the information with a credible source before acting on its basis.

  • One must respect the copyright and trademark on the internet by providing credit for using the content of an individual or an organisation. 

  • Rural development will observe a boost with the adaptation of the new work-from-home model.

 The conversion concluded with Mr. Anupam highlighting the necessity for awareness in regards to internet swindles because data is an important part of our life and it is our responsibility to safeguard it. 

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