Saturday, May 23, 2009

Indian Congress Government Is Taking ICT Seriously

Congress government has come to power with a comfortable margin. This gives it a chance to go for economic reforms with a free will. During the last tenure it was under pressure to accept the decision of its allies as they were absolutely dependent upon their support. The clear public mandates this time has given Congress a free hand. Interestingly, the issues pertaining to information and communication technology (ICT) have also interested Congress that is otherwise not Congress’s cup of tea.

The sad position regarding India’s ICT reforms have been conveyed at numerous occasions by many techno-legal experts of India. Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law, says that only two facts are possible when we analyse the decisions of Indian Government regarding Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Either the concerned Departments are “Corrupt” or they are “Ignorant” of the basics of ICT. Whatever the truth may be but it is definitely not in the larger interests of India’s economic, social and political development. He says that the way Congress is trying to keep the relevant Departments “blemish free” is really praiseworthy and shows its commitment to ensure ICT development in India.

Although this is a good beginning but only the time will tell how effective the Congress would be able to meet its promised manifesto. All I can say is well begun is half done. The next Parliament session would be starting very soon and there is no better place than the Parliament to introduce economic reforms in India.



Requirement Of Techno-Legal Training For Supreme Court Judges Stressed

Justice S.B. Sinha has recently called for adequate training of law officers to make the judicial process speedy and enhance the performance of judges. He said that there is a definite requirement for the enhancement of judicial skills of our judges. He said that the judges have to deal with very complex cases involving international terrorism, cyber crime and white-collar crime, so they need proper training to do justice to their job.

The importance of techno-legal training institutions like Perry4Law Techno-Legal ICT Training Center (PTLITC) and Perry4Law Techno-Legal Base (PTLB) stems from this contemporary requirement. The same must be supported by a well defined and time bound e-courts project in India.

Network Security: India ill-prepared

Network security in the age of cyber-skirmishes is a relatively new challenge for India. When StratPost asked a senior official in New Delhi’s security setup as to what kind of systems the Indian military used, “Windows,” he said with a knowing grin.

And how proficient is India in cyber warfare? “One would naturally think we’d be good, with our IT and knowledge economy. The fact is, we haven’t identified, trained and nurtured talent on an institutional basis. India may have a lot of whiz kids but we still haven’t tapped them as a force-multiplying resource. We need to build cadres of these geniuses, the way the Chinese have been doing. But first we need to recognize that the so far distant threat will become very real very soon, with enhanced networking. And remember, the more you network systems and institutions, the faster you network them, and so more and more of them become vulnerable at an increasing rate,” he warned.