Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Video Conferencing Is A Troubled Technology In India

Information and communication technology (ICT) is increasingly posing challenges before Indian government. Sometimes, novel situations and challenges are posed before Indian government that they have to resolve. This is the reason why companies like Google and Facebook are fighting legal battles in India.

There is no second opinion that India is anxious to control information technology. Measures like Internet censorship, websites blocking, etc have been devised by India to take control of technology. However, no matter howsoever hard Indian government would try; technological issues would keep on teasing Indian government.

The latest to add to this list is use of video conferencing in India. The recent episode of Rajasthan government and Rajasthan police not allowing the video conferencing of Salman Rushdie affirms this struggle.

We have no dedicated video conferencing laws and regulations in India. Obviously, we have no dedicated video conferencing blocking laws in India as well. In the absence of a clear cut law, Indian government is following procedures that do not justify its stand.

There is an urgent need to formulate sufficient rules or guidelines in this regard so that illegal vide conferencing blocking in India can be curbed.