India Firm on Stopping Terrorists From Using Social Media: Prasad

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Radical elements and terrorists are abusing social media platforms for perpetuating hate and terror but India is determined to address the misuse of cyber space and thwart them, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

Addressing the inaugural session of the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in New Delhi, Prasad underlined the need to keep cyberspace safe and secure for a better digital future.

“Our government has effectively used social media for giving voice to the unheard but it is equally true that radical elements and terrorists are abusing this medium for perpetuating hate and terror. Radicalisation of young people through tools of social media poses grave threat to humanity,” the minister said.

“The world needs to come together to address the misuse and abuse of the cyberspace by terrorists and hackers.”

Thousands of delegates from 131 countries and ministers from 26 countries are in the capital to attend the two-day event.

“Misuse of Internet for child pornography is posing grave threat to childhood. Financial frauds and cyber attacks can eliminate the trust of ordinary citizens in the cyber space. Therefore, we all need to speak in one voice against cyber crimes,” Prasad stressed.

He spoke about some of his government’s initiatives like BharatNet and Aadhaar to provide easy and affordable access to technology to Indians.

“While India talks about inclusive cyber space, it also means democratisation of Internet governance. India has been advocating for multistake holder approach of Internet governance so that not only the governments but also the other stake holders become an active participant in managing one of the greatest innovation of mankind,” the minister said.

Prasad said that to protect the privacy of individuals, India has put in place a strong law with respect to Aadhaar and was also working towards a comprehensive data protection law.

“There is a need for striking a balance in data availability, data utility, data innovation, data anonymity and data privacy,” he noted.

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