"Data to Emerge as Next Frontier for Trade Parleys Between Countries"- Nilekani


While addressing a summit, ‘Unlocking US-India Trade Potential’ in Bengaluru, Infosys chairman, Nandan Nilekani observed that in the near future the countries will be dealing in the Big Data for monetary considerations to provide a better and robust framework to its citizens for data privacy and prevent misuse of the data.

The ‘Internet of Things’ as we call it, is surely the future of governance ranging from the smallest nations to the world’s largest democracies. The outlook has been so vague that our Prime Minister has to his credit mooting of the idea of e-Voting across the country so as to promote an increased participation in voting and drive out the menace of booth capturing and election rigging (if any).

India saw two revolutionary Prime Ministers, by the term revolutionary we mean technocratic revolutionaries. The first of its kind being Rajiv Gandhi, who was taken to be a witty foreigner who used to exaggerate the deployment of computer systems in the nation to provide better administration and accelerating growth. It must not be forgotten that he was never taken seriously until after his death when the use of computers started to replace the routine pen-paper work in the government offices. The second such technocrat PM is Narendra Modi.

In his experiment Gujarat, as he then was the CM, he deployed the scheme of digitization from the grass-roots to the improve the delivery of services, provide transparent and easy to access modes of intercourse with the state machinery for the citizens. After assuming office at the Centre, with a campaign backed by robust technical infrastructure, Modi pushed for digitising the entire government machinery by making everything reaching in the hands of the mango man through his smart phone.

His hackathon did not stop there, he has promoted cheap smartphones, and with the Ambani Senior giving very cheap internet connectivity across India, the data generated and consumed by India has increased dramatically making India the largest user base of .com companies!

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram and the others have the largest rising consumer base in India. Gmail has added the largest consumers in India in 2015-2016 alone. the point to be noted here is now, the internet of things is just not about the shallow internet that is being used but it is also the deep internet that is used for all perverse purposes.

The concept of ‘e-colonialism’ has found a very deep-rooted ground in the intellectual circles globally, thus China has secured its population from the devastating effects of the same, while India remains an open market for the hacker and the tech giant to use its enormous influence with the data at its disposal.

India has not yet developed a robust framework of laws to regulate the Internet of Things and has also not done a great deal to upgrade its law enforcement agencies to stay up to date. The wider prospects relate to many adverse data fallout which may be contained if not ruled out with the push of Aadhar.

The fact that India has not asked the data giants to install specific servers located in India to monitor and locate the content in India is the kind of attitude that would in the near future need a trade of data. The data regulation is the need of the hour and has to be dealt with a great care and attention.

The State apparatus has to make citizens aware of how to deploy the internet of Things constructively and make the most out of it while keeping their actual lives safer. The indulgence norms must also be promoted to cultivate a healthy internet savvy lifestyle which may keep the interests of the nation at the paramountcy so as to promote a data secure global fraternity.



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