Government to soon commence consultation on Digital India legislation

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Government to soon commence consultation on Digital India legislation
Government to soon commence consultation on Digital India legislation

We will soon be commencing our consultation on the Digital India Act, where the framework on how we believe user harm and emerging technologies will be regulated will be laid out for consultation, the minister said

Consultation on Digital India legislation that will outline the framework for regulation of emerging technologies will soon be commenced by the government, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Thursday.

Chandrasekhar, who is Minister of State for Electronics and IT, said India is “aware” of its responsibilities as the largest connected democracy in the world, citing ways in which India has leveraged digital technologies for inclusiveness.

On the sidelines of the Economist Impact B20 Forum, the minister said, “We will soon be commencing our consultation on the Digital India Act, where the framework on how we believe user harm and emerging technologies will be regulated will be laid out for consultation. That is a good time for everybody to come in and participate.”

Earlier today, Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith said in a blog that India, as the current holder of the G20 Presidency, is “well positioned” to help advance a global discussion on AI issues. For AI and safety brakes in AI systems controlling critical infrastructure, Smith advocated broader legal and regulatory frameworks.

Smith, who is on a visit to India and scheduled to participate in the B20 Summit India starting Friday, penned a blog titled `India’s AI Opportunity,’ where he outlined five key recommendations in the Indian context, among them the need to “implement and build upon new government-led AI safety frameworks”.

On the expectations from the ensuing B20, Chandrasekhar said that post-COVID, global companies are looking at partnerships that are not just episodic or transactional. Global players, he said, are looking at countries that can be partners that deliver resilience and trust.

“I’m hopeful that the companies that visit B20 look at India as an absolutely trusted partner in the coming decade in manufacturing and innovation and in terms of making India a partner as we all together shape a better world in the coming decade,” Chandrasekhar said.

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