Saturday, November 24, 2012

India's Proposal On International Telecommunications Regulation (ITRs)

The international telecommunications regulations (ITRS) and Indian response is not absolutely clear. Since 2008 India has been systematically becoming an endemic e-surveillance society.

If this was not enough, India has absolutely ignored the civil liberty issues in cyberspace. The civil liberties like freedom of speech and expression, right to privacy, etc have been totally neglected by Indian government.

Through the information technology amendment act 2008, the cyber law of India has been converted into an e-surveillance instrumentality and a tool to curb freedom of speech and expression online.

India has carried forward this mentality and attitude while submitting its proposal on the international telecommunications regulations (ITRS). Despite numerous glaring example of abuse of draconian cyber law of India, the Indian government has not deemed it fit to repeal the cyber law of India.

So what should be India’s stand during the forthcoming World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to be held in Dubai next month?

Important issues like Cyber Security, Cyber Forensics, E-Surveillance, Human Rights Protection in Cyberspace, International Cyber Crime Investigation Support, etc must be essential part of the proposed ITRs, suggests Praveen Dalal, managing partner of Perry4Law and CEO of PTLB.

PTLB has launched many effective and dedicated initiatives and projects that would help in achieving the objectives of ITU in general and ITRs in particular. For instance, projects like national cyber security database of India (NCSDI), cyber security research and development centre of India (CSRDCI), cyber forensics research and development centre of India, cyber crimes investigation centre of India, etc are on the lines that ITU has been projecting for long.

Let us see how WCIT 2012 would tackle various issues pertaining to information and communication technology (ICT) and how industry leaders like PTLB would contribute in achieving the objectives of ITU and other international organisations.