Digital technology a great leveller, says Modi at cyber conference

Modi inaugurates Global Cyber Security Summit

PM Modi launches e-governance Umang app for citizen services

While speaking at 5th Global Conference on Cyberspace in New Delhi, He said all nations must take responsibility to ensure that the digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation. "We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of the society do not fall prey to cyber criminals", he said, calling for constant alertness to become a way of life.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said cyber protection must become a reliable career option for youth.

At his inaugural address Mr. Modi recalled the speedy evolution of cyber space from the bulky mainframe computers to hand-held smartphones and gadgets of today.

Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was also present at the event, said there was no legal framework on cyberspace and he hopes that the conference leads to a consensus to finalize the terms of the framework.

"Digital technology is a great enabler". He further said that financial inclusion through Jan Dhan Yojna, unique identification through Aadhaar and mobile phones have helped reduce corruption and bring in transparency in the country. "Technology breaks silos. Sitting in our respective offices aided by the cyber world we discuss and resolve important governance issues", he said.

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The theme of this year's conference focuses on inclusive and sustainable development using cyber technology. It had paved the way for efficient service delivery and governance.

Saying that internet has provided "ease of living" to Indians, Modi added: "Empowerment through digital access is an objective that the Indian government is focused on".

- We all know how cyber-space has transformed the world over the last few decades.

"Cyber space remains key area for innovation".

"Internet is inclusive by nature, not exclusive".

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Launching the Umang mobile app, Modi said, "The app will provide over 1,000 citizen-centric services".

Incepted in 2011 in London, the second GCCS was held in 2012 in Budapest with focus on the relationship between internet rights and internet security, which was attended by 700 delegates from almost 60 countries.

It is our firm belief that there are millions of Indians, whose transformative ideas can go a long way in taking India to new heights.

The statement said representatives from 124 countries will participate in the two-day event.

More than ten thousand delegates have taken part in the conference in person which will also include virtual participation from over 2800 locations across the world that will be connected in an interactive mode.

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