Trivandrum: Kerala Government feels the need for a comprehensive legislation to address cyber crimes especially in the context of Supreme Court quashing sections of the IT Act. Minister for Home & Vigilance, Shri Ramesh Chennithala said this while inaugurating a seminar on Cyber Governance and Cyber Security in Thiruvananthapuram today.
The seminar was organized by the city based Institute for Sustainable Development and Governance (ISDG) as a part of its national initiative to bring the issue of cyber governance into public policy.
The Home Minister announced that a multi-stakeholder expert group will be constituted to provide specific recommendations based on best practices from around the world. He also discussed the need for an initiative to make young people aware about their rights and responsibilities in the cyber world especially in the context of increasing cyber crimes in Kerala.
The safe campus, clean campus program in its next stage would aim at creating awareness about cyber security in colleges. The Minister also stressed on the need for inputs from civil society and hoped that the initiative from ISDG would contribute concrete suggestions to formulate a comprehensive new legislation.
“Even though Kerala has achieved 100% literacy the digital divided is a reality and the state will take immediate steps to bridge the divide through a mass cyber literacy campaign” said the Minister on the issue of digital divide. He also stressed the need to build the capacity of police force to tackle the cyber menace and expressed hope that initiatives in the pipeline through Police University will help address the problem.
Earlier, introducing the topic, John Samuel, President of ISDG emphasized the need to have more informed discussions and debates to protect human rights in relation to cyber governance and cyber security.
Dr. Cherian Samuel from Institute for Defence Studies & Analysis (IDSA), New Delhi delivered the keynote address on `Global Cyber Security and Internet Governance’.
K M Shahjahan from C-DIT, Trivandrum highlighted the issues in Cyber Security and Cyber Governance in India.
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