Monday, May 25, 2009

Ignorance Or Deliberate Misleading: The Hung Cyber Law Of India

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is a real enabler that improves the efficiency and brings transparency and accountability. However, in the Indian context the same has failed to get the desired results. This is because the Governmental corridors have no place for ICT and there is no accountability of those who are managing the ICT.

The self contradictory shades of Indian ICT skills and expertise is really amusing. While Indian citizens are famous for their expertise and professional skills yet Indian Government and bureaucrats are infamous for their ignorance. The latest example being the proposed Information Technology Amendment Act 2008 (Act 2008).

Initially the lack of knowledge and insight was attributable to a self-claimed cyber law observer named Na Vijayshanker (Naavi) who claimed that the proposed Act has been “notified”. While Naavi being a non-lawyer with no knowledge about law at all and limited knowledge about cyber law and techno-legal issues yet Indian bureaucrats like Dr. Gulshan Rai must not show ignorance about the law making process and its coming into force.

There is a clear difference between “publication” of an information for public purposes and “notification” of a statute “under official gazette”. Even a query to clarify the issue remained unanswered.



National Policy On ICT Skill Development Is Needed In India

Education and skills are two different aspects. Education is the preliminary requisite whereas skill is the ultimate requirement. Although a person may be the best in academic aspects but he may not be even average in practical and skill aspects. This is the true cause of problem of Indian manpower. For decade we have been following the academic structure of education with little emphasis upon qualitative professional education. There is an emergent need to frame a national policy on ICT skill development in India. This equally applies to all sorts of other non-ICT educational and professional streams as well.

Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and also the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India says that India is stressing too much upon academic education and insignificantly towards professional one. Another major lacuna as per him is that even in professional education the quality of education is not good and not much stress is given to practical aspects of the education. The end result is that not even one fourth of the total manpower is capable of meeting the challenges of their jobs efficiently.

It is obvious that skills development had to be made an essential part of the educational framework in India. However it is not an easy task especially in the absence of any National Policy in this regard. The policy must aim at empowering all individuals to enable them to get access to decent employment and to promote inclusive National growth.

The elections are over and a mammoth task is waiting for the new government as neglect and indifference of many decades would not be easy to be removed. A continuous monitoring of the promises and manifestos as well as demanding the executions of these issues would be the safest bet to avoid postponement of these issues for another five years.



DELL Takes Strong Stance Against Exporting E-waste

Dell today became the first major computer manufacturer to ban the export of non-working electronics to developing countries as part of its global policy on responsible electronics disposal. Dell’s electronics disposition policy now exceeds the requirements of the Basel Convention, which bans the export of certain electronic waste based on its material or chemical composition. By expanding its definition of electronic waste to include all non-working parts or devices, irrespective of material composition, Dell aims to help prevent the unauthorized dumping of electronic waste in developing countries by requiring that equipment be tested and certified as “working” prior to export. These additions to the company’s disposition policy reflect Dell’s long-standing commitment to responsibly manage sensitive electronic waste through final disposition.