Need legal,technological ways to prevent Internet misuse: Tewari

Tewari said there was no choice for the government but “to be alert” and this is where surveillance comes in.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 16, 2013 1:17 am

Emphasising the need to create a balance between the Right to Privacy and the Right to Anonymity in the cyber world,Minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari on Monday said the government should have both legal and technological ways to prevent the use of Internet to fan violence.

Tewari,while speaking at the ‘India Conference on Cyber Security and Cyber Governance’,pointed out how our digital imprint is on the rise and five billion people would join the Internet in the next decade. Talking about incidents like the mass exodus of students belonging to the northeast from the southern parts of the country following “mischievous messages” and the YouTube video that fanned Muzaffarnagar violence,Tewari said there was no choice for the government but “to be alert” and this is where surveillance comes in.

Pointing out that the freedom of expression guaranteed by the Constitution has reasonable restrictions attached to it,Tewari said the government,while allowing protests and dissidence in the offline world,has to step in to do some policing if it feels such protests are causing communal disharmony or a law and order problem. “The conundrum is how these shades of grey should play out in the black and white world of binary,” he said.

Tewari stressed on the need for elected governments to make the Internet more “accountable and responsive to the greater common good”,even while accepting a degree of “anarchy” in the domain.

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