International Internet Day

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International Internet Day

40 years back on October 29th, the Internet was born. Few young researchers and students had invented the internet. In the 21st century Internet is in every walk of life. The world leaders endorsed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Secretary General himself endorsed the access to Internet as a parameter for development. Today almost 4.3 billion people do not have access to internet. In developing world its almost 2 people out of 3 still do not have access to Internet. How to radically change this digital gap?

Importance of Internet

  • For broadband connectivity, BharatNeta highly scalable network infrastructure accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, to provide on demand, affordable broadband connectivity of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps for all households and on demand capacity to all institutions, to realise the vision of Digital India, in partnership with States and the private sector.
  • For rural broadband penetration, National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) aims to connect all the 2,50,000 Gram panchayats in the country and provide 100 Mbps connectivity to all gram panchayats (GPs).
  • 10% growth in the broadband means 1% increase in the GDP which is directly connected to the progress of our country. 
  • Internet connects the agriculture value chain so well, like SEWA is doing under a cooperative called RUDI via mobile application to sell their agriculture produce.
  • Bringing all facilities which are not available in rural areas will be possible with Internet.
  • BharatNeta highly scalable network infrastructure accessible on a non-discriminatory basis, to provide on demand, affordable broadband connectivity of 2 Mbps to 20 Mbps for all households and on demand capacity to all institutions, to realise the vision of Digital India, in partnership with States and the private sector.
  • National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) aims to connect all the 2,50,000 Gram panchayats in the country and provide 100 Mbps connectivity to all gram panchayats (GPs). 

Issues

  • There is a large digital divide in India between rural and urban areas.
  • We cannot compare the Internet penetration with the mobile penetration
  • Security is the major concern which has to be responded properly

Changes required

  • Hand-holding can be done only by the local entrepreneur. The local entrepreneur understands the requirement of the illiterate (in the sense of using computer) people of the rural area.
  • We should cover the entire geography of India with uninterrupted electricity supply, crucial for internet services.
  • Earlier the Common Services Centre scheme (CSC) did not succeed because the local entrepreneur did not come forward. Now the CSC is going into the hands of local entrepreneur or the local post office. The ticket booking and all certificates from the government will be provided online. Distance learning education through tele-education and health facilities through tele-health.

Safeguarding the internet

  • The child abuse and the women abuse in internet is causing mayhem over the internet
  • The government is taking help of some NGOs to identify those sites which are spreading the child abuse and blocking it at the origin if it is available in India and blocking it at the international gateway.
  • Adequate filters should be installed on the search engines. It is the responsibility of the internet service provider as well as the search engine and content provider to look towards this nuisance and make it a clean and productive internet.    

Conclusion

Rural internet penetration will require the involvement of the civil society. Google Saathi / InternetSaathi, wherein they are providing internet to the rural women is a laudable step. A collaborative approach between the businesses, government, civil society and the internet service providers would work well to augment the process of internet inclusivity.

 

By | 2016-11-15T17:25:45+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Director's Desk|Tags: |0 Comments

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