Text of PM’s Address at GCCS 201

Text of PM’s Address at GCCS 201

Text of PM’s Address at GCCS 201

Modi calls for sharing of information and coordination among nations and creation of cyberwarriors to ensure safety

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for sharing of information and coordination among nations to ensure that “digital space does not become a playground for the dark forces of terrorism and radicalisation”.

Speaking at the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), attended by delegates from 131 countries, Mr. Modi pitched for creating “cyberwarriors” to keep the digital space safe.

Striking a balance

Amid the ongoing debate in the country over data privacy, the Prime Minister said it was possible to strike a balance between privacy and national security. “The quest for an open and accessible Internet often leads to vulnerability. Stories of hacking and defacement of websites are the tip of an iceberg…We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cybercriminals. Alertness towards cybersecurity concerns should become a way of life,” he said.

He said that one of the major focus areas should be the training of well-equipped and capable professionals to counter cyberthreats. Mr. Modi said: “Cyberwarriors who will remain on the alert against cyberattacks … We need to ensure that cyberprotection becomes an attractive and viable career option for the youth.”

Stating that cyberspace remains a key area for innovation, the Prime Minister invited the delegates and the industry leaders present to invest in this space, and be a part of the unfolding story of Indian startups. “Today’s discourse is being shaped by Facebookers, Tweeples, and Instagrammers.” Mr. Modi launched the Unified Mobile Application for New-age Governance (UMANG) mobile app.