India to host cyber space conference in November

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New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) The fifth Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), which will be hosted by India for the first time in November 2017, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here on Friday.

Themed “Cyber4All: an inclusive, sustainable, developmental, safe and secure cyberspace”, the GCCS will be held from November 23 to 24 here, said a statement, adding that the conference will reflect the changing architecture of the country in the digital space.

“We feel proud to host the 5th of edition of the prestigious Global Conference on Cyber Space in 2017. Among the multiple transformative programmes under Digital India, the biggest thing that India brings about to the table is digital inclusion that makes it sustainable and developmental; which has been given utmost importance under the theme Cyber4All,” Prasad said.

“The internet must be safe and secure, which necessitates a safe and secure digital space. This will remain a focal point throughout the conference,” he added.

The minister said that around 2,000 delegates from senior government officials, industry leaders, academia and civil society from over 100 countries will participate in the two-day conference.

“We are in consultation with the industry leaders, educational institutions and trade bodies to discuss the concerns related to cyber security and collectively work towards robust cyber security system,” the minister said.

Through GCCS, the minister said, “we would like to show the international community how Indian digital ecosystem is becoming a beacon for development to the rest of the world”.

“We’ll be involving with the big names of India such as Sundar Picchai, Nandan Nilekani, Mukesh Ambani, Sunil Mittal, and also the representatives of larger companies at the national level. We’ll be involving IITs, NITs and all those who work at the ground level for Digital India,” Prasad told reporters here.

According to the statement, the GCCS is a prestigious international conference that aims at encouraging dialogue among stakeholders of cyberspace, which has been taking place since 2011.

“GCCS will congregate and deliberate on issues relating to promotion of cooperation in cyberspace, norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace and to enhance cyber capacity building,” the statement said.

Many of these delegations will be headed at Ministerial level delegates thereby making it an important forum of global consultation of various issues of cyber space, he said.

The statement said cyber security will be one of the major focus areas in GCCS 2017 especially as the central government is in the process of setting up separate sector specific emergency response centres to ensure cyber security and strengthen technology infrastructure.

“The conference will be an ideal forum for the exchange of ideas with global think thanks and promote closer co-operation among the international community,” it added.

–IANS

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