The Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) 2017 in New Delhi ended with a note that India’s digital transformation is promoting digital inclusion as well as entrepreneurship and India now needs to take the lead by creating a digital knowledge sharing platform to find scalable models in health, education and citizen delivery services and promote an inclusive, sustainable, open and secure cyber space.
The conference recognised that international community, including government, private sector, civil society, industry and technical & academic communities have developed significant capacities, technologies and mechanisms/frameworks and it is now time for everybody to come together and create a platform which helps citizens in the long run. GCCS 2017 strongly supports Cyber4All concept where access to Internet is non-discriminatory.
Cyber4Growth highlighted the use of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), data analytics, robotics and virtual reality for transformation of governance structures of the future. There is a need to develop proper policy environment with open and free cyber space. Cyber space remains a key area for innovation. Startups, are providing solutions to common everyday problems. The global investor community must recognize the immense potential waiting to be tapped.
Cyber4Digital Inclusion stressed the fact that Inclusiveness is the bedrock of sustainability. This calls for a program based approach with focus on access programs, digital skill training, community technology spaces and low cost access devices. India’s myGov initiative is an excellent example of how digital technologies could be tools of effective citizen engagement.
Cyber4Security has become one of the biggest challenges and nations must take responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation. One needs to coordinate security services in order to detect and deter attacks and also need to create fine balance between privacy and openness on one hand and national security on the other. Together, all parties can overcome the differences between global and open systems on the one hand and nation-specific legal requirements on the other.
Cyber4Diplomacy allow states to carry out its legitimate activities including service delivery to its citizens through digital means. This throws up new challenges in terms of establishing norms of responsible state behaviour, handling cyber crime through transnational cooperation and resolving conflicts in cyber space. Cyber diplomacy in digital age can be used as a tool to promote economic growth, development of technology to ensure an open source, interoperable and accessible cyber space to all.
Apart from scalable models, there is also the need to make cyber space an enabler for the differently-abled and provide a secure cyber space which improves quality of life of its citizens.