Indian Ministry, NSA agree on balancing security concerns with freedom of expression

Speaking with one voice, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, Telecom Secretary R. Chandrashekhar and Deputy National Security Advisor Vijay Latha Reddy on Thursday advocated the need for the government to embrace a consensual, democratic, transparent and evolving structure through a multi-stakeholder dialogue for handling Internet issues, without impinging on individual freedom of expression in any way.They were speaking at the inaugural session of the India Internet Governance Conference on ‘Internet for Social and Economic Development: Building the Future Together’, jointly organised here by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Communications & IT, and the Internet Society (ISOC). see:Leave the Net alone
The Internet is working well and governments around the world should keep away from regulating it, experts said at the India Internet Governance Conference.Nitin Desai, Former Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Internet Governance, said: “Before we start fixing something, we must know whether it was broken in the first place. Lack of a mechanism to handle cyber security is not an issue for India alone but is a global challenge.”

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