Cyberspace Current Affairs - 2020

“Innovate for Accessible India” Campaign launched by NASSCOM along with Microsoft

The NASSCOM (National Association of Software and Service Companies) recently launched the “Innovate for Accessible India” campaign along with Microsoft India. The other partners of the initiative include Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities.

About the Initiative

The Initiative aims to sort out issues of Divyangs (physically challenged) with the help of Artificial Intelligence and Microsoft Cloud and other technologies. The initiative will cover 21 disabilities. These 21 disabilities are according to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

Some of the key areas that are to be focused by the initiative includes e-governance, livelihood, health and skilling.

Significance

According to 2011 Census, 2% of the India population are disabled. The National Policy for disabled people looks at them as valuable human resources and therefore seeks their protection and full participation in the society.

NASSCOM

NASCOM is a non-profit organization that was set up in 1988. In 2013, NASSCOM initiated “10,000 startups” in the country. The main aim of the initiative is to launch 10,000 startups in the country by 2023.

The NASSCOM under its supervision operates National Institute of Smart Government and Data Security Council of India

Data Security Council of India

It was established in 2008. It aims at making cyberspace safe and secure. It also frames standards and initiatives for maintaining privacy and other cyber security standards. It also arranges conferences and creates common platforms for the industries, think tanks and other leaders of data protection industry to come together.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 5th global conference on cyber space

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the fifth edition of Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in New Delhi. GCCS is one of world’s largest conferences on cyber space. It is for first time organized in India.

The theme of the two-day conference is “Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development”.

Key Facts

The National e-Governance Division (NeGD), under the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) is main agency to organize GCCS 2017 on behalf of Government of India. Representatives from 124 countries and 33 Ministerial delegates from 31 countries are attending GCCS 2017.

It is also expected to attract over 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries. Besides that, industry, civil society and academia from various countries will also participate.

Objectives of GCCS 2017 are to promote importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy, defend the status quo of open, interoperable and unregimented cyberspace, create political commitment for capacity building initiatives to address digital divide and assist countries, and develop security solutions in balanced fashion that duly acknowledge importance of the private sector and technical community.

Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS)

It is prestigious global event where international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks, cyber wizards etc gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space.

It was launched to establish internationally agreed rules of road for behavior in cyberspace and create more focused and inclusive dialogue between all those with stake in internet (governments, civil society and industry).

The first edition of GCCS was held in London in 2011. Later it was held in Budapest (2012), Seoul (2013), The Hague (2015).