1. PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017, launches Umang app

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Global Conference on Cyberspace 2017, launches Umang app

"Digital technologies are helping businesses and economies grow," Narendra Modi said during his speech at GCCS 2017.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: November 23, 2017 11:17 AM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday inaugurated the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyberspace in New Delhi. During the inauguration of the conference, PM Modi talked about the Digital technology. He said that the technology has emerged as a great enabler. The conference on cyberspace is a two-day event. This event will witness the participation of numerous ministers, industry leaders and academic personalities to engage and talk about the global cyber ecosystem.

“Digital technologies are helping businesses and economies grow,” Narendra Modi said during his speech. He talked about the JAM trinity, which is an acronym of Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile. He said, “JAM has helped in plugging leakages in subsidies transfer worth 10 billion dollars.”

The Ministry of Electronics and IT had said various activities and events during the GCCS 2017 (Global Conference on Cyber Space) will expound on how cyberspace is transforming our lives, how we live, govern and create value. This year’s theme is Cyber4All. There are four sub-themes also — Cyber4InclusiveGrowth, Cyber4Digitalinclusion, Cyber4Security and Cyber4Diplomacy.

During the event, PM Modi also launched the UMANG app. The Umang App is a one-stop mobile application that provides integration with popular customer centric services like Aadhaar and Digilocker.

PM Modi also said, “We are using mobile power or M-power to empower our citizens. We are using the digital domain to facilitate participative governance or Jan Bhagidari. It is our firm belief that there are millions of Indians, whose transformative ideas can go a long way in taking India to new heights.”

“We need to ensure that vulnerable sections of our society do not fall prey to the evil designs of cybercriminals. Alertness towards cyber-security concerns should become a way of life,” said PM Narendra Modi asking people to beware and be alert to the cybercriminals.

While speaking on the various Social media platforms, PM Modi said that these tools and platforms are making cyber-space participative for all. He said, “News that experts tell us from studios is now supplemented by experiences highlighted on social media. This transition, to a blend of expertise and experience, is the contribution of the cyber world.”

On the ever-growing conference on cyberspace, PM Modi said, “GCCS 2017 is one of the biggest cyberspace conferences in the world.”

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    Pankaj Chaudhary
    Nov 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    A very good initiative from government of India for this UMANG app .You can also download this app in apk format directly from the following link s: apkoffice /app/umang-apk/
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      Reader
      Nov 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm
      The biometrics-based Aadhaar program is inherently flawed. Biometrics can be easily lifted by external means, there is no need to hack the system. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can CLONE your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. That is why advanced countries like the US, UK, etc. did not implement such a self-destructive biometrics-based system. If the biometric details of a person are COMPROMISED ONCE, then even a new Aadhaar card will not help that person. This is NOT like blocking an ATM card and taking a new one.
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        Reader
        Nov 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of personal information and the purposes it could be used for, the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked, and the unreliability of such large-scale biometric verification processes. The Aadhaar program was designed in 2009 by mainly considering the 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' of UK, but the UK stopped that project in 2010, whereas India continued with the biometrics-based program. We must think why the United Kingdom abandoned their project and destroyed the data collected. (Google: 'Identi-ty Cards Act 2006' and 'Identi-ty Documents Act 2010' )
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          Reader
          Nov 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm
          A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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            Reader
            Nov 23, 2017 at 3:51 pm
            The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has NO BIOMETRIC DETAILS, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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              Nagar
              Nov 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm
              When would JAM be integrated in bus fare payments and other public counters not ye linked?
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