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India firm on stopping terrorists from abusing social media: R S Prasad

He was speaking at the inaugural session of the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Ravi Shankar Prasad
(From left) IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe during the inauguration of the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space in New Delhi (Photo: Sanjay Sharma)

Radical elements and are abusing platforms for perpetuating hate and terror but is determined to address the misuse of and thwart them, IT Minister said on Thursday.

Addressing the inaugural session of the fifth edition of the Global Conference on (GCCS) here, Prasad underlined the need to keep the safe and secure for a better digital future.

"Our government has effectively used for giving voice to the unheard but it is equally true that radical elements and are abusing this medium for perpetuating hate and terror. Radicalisation of young people through tools of poses grave threat to humanity," the minister said.

"The world needs to come together to address the misuse and abuse of the cyber space by and hackers."

Thousands of delegates from 131 countries and ministers from 26 countries are in the capital to attend the two-day event.

"Misuse of Internet for child pornography is posing grave threat to childhood. Financial frauds and cyber attackes can eliminate the trust of ordinary citizens in the cyber space. Therefore, we all need to speak in one voice against cyber crimes," Prasad stressed.

He spoke about some of his government's initiatives like "Bharat Net" and Aadhaar to provide easy and affordable access to technology to Indians.

"While talks about inclusive cyber space, it also means democratisation of Internet governance. has been advocating for multistake holder approach of Internet governance so that not only the governments but also the other stake holders become an active participant in managing one of the greatest innovation of mankind," the minister said.

Prasad said that to protect the privacy of individuals, India has put in place a strong law with respect to Aadhaar and was also working towards a comprehensive data protection law.

"There is a need for striking a balance in data availability, data utility, data innovation, data annonymity and data privacy," he noted.

First Published: Thu, November 23 2017. 16:24 IST