Ministry of Electronics & IT Current Affairs - 2020

GoI launches “Responsible AI for Youth” programme and an AI Portal

On May 30, 2020, the Union Minister Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad launched an initiative called “Responsible AI for Youth” and an Artificial Intelligence Portal called www.ai.gov.in.

Highlights

The programme and the portal were launched to commemorate the first anniversary of second tenure of Narendra Modi Government.

Responsible AI for Youth

The Responsible AI for Youth was launched targeting the youth in the country. The programme aims to provide a platform to empower their new age technology skills especially AI based skills. The programme has been launched in collaboration with Intel India.

Portal

The minister along with the programme launched the portal called www.ai.gov.in. The portal was developed by the E-Governance division operating under Ministry of Electronics and IT.

The portal shall act as a one stop platform for AI resources. It will share articles, startups that are in the field of AI, case studies, reports, etc.

India’s path in AI

The main challenge of AI is that it minimizes work force (labours) employed. Especially for a highly populous country like India, AI if not developed in the right direction might create huge unemployment crisis. Therefore, India has chosen its path of AI cautiously. India is developing AI by empowering its citizens rather than making humans less relevant.

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).