"Three factors - financial inclusion through Jan Dhan Bank accounts, second Aadhar platform and third the Mobile phone - have greatly helped reduce corruption and bring transparency in the country", Prime Minister Modi said, after inaugurating the 5th Global Conference on "Cyber Space" here.
"Nations must take responsibility to ensure the digital space does not become playground for terrorism and radicalization", Modi said, while addressing the Global Conference on Cyber Space in the national capital. "I am confident that the global investor community will recognise the vast potential waiting to be tapped from India's startup pool", he said.
He also highlighted that one of the key benefits of digital technologies was emergence of a level-playing field for not only the marginalised sections of society, but also for developing nations like India.
He announced the launch of the UMANG Mobile App, "which will provide over a hundred citizen-centric services catered for at the back-end by many different departments of the Union and State Governments". The services include those for Aadhaar authentication, school exam center locator, hospital appointment booking, DigiLocker, etc.
The internet, by nature, is inclusive and not exclusive. "The government is committed to empowerment through digital access". Today's discourse is set by Facebookers, Tweeple and Instagrammers.
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Social media platforms are making cyber-space participative for all. News that experts tell us from studios is now being supplemented by experiences highlighted on social media. This transition, to a blend of expertise and experience is the contribution of the cyber world. "The internet has become the ideal platform for youngsters to showcase their creativity, capability and capacity - be it an insightful blog, a lovely musical rendition, artwork, or theatre... the sky is the limit".
Prime Minister Modi also praised the Indian IT, which is being recognised worldwide. "The quest for an open and accessible internet often leads to vulnerability", Modi said. Stories of hacking and defacement of websites are the tip of an iceberg. They suggest cyber attacks are a significant threat, especially in the democratic world. "We need to ensure that the vulnerable section of the society does not fall prey to it", Modi said.
Emphasising on the importance of partnering with the private sector for cyber security, she said, "It is the area where malign and malicious elements are always one or two steps ahead of govt and industry, therefore, the govt has to partner with the private sector to ensure that we do enough". "Cyber space technology must be an enabler". "Cyber protection should be made attractive and viable job option". "Bearing this in mind, it becomes natural to delve deeper into the subject of creating and maintaining a safe, secure and an improved digital ecosystem, that, in turn, will impact positively on sustainable development", he said.
Sri Lanka Prime minister Ranil Wikramsinghe said transparency is central to cyber space.