Video Report: DoT Secy hints at govt hardline on freedom of speech online

20 Jan,2012

Text and Video by Shruti Pushkarna


DoT Secy on ICRIER’s report on Impact of Internet
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R Chandrashekhar, Secretary, DoT & SiT and Chairman Telecom Commission, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India appears certain that the government is going to adopt a hard line on the issue of freedom of speech line. Interacting with the media on the sidelines of the launch of a book based on the research by the Indian Council for Research & International Economic Relations (ICRIER) on the impact of the internet in India at the IAMAI’s 6th India Digital Summit in New Delhi, Mr Chandrashekhar also spoke onTRAI’s recommendations on spectrum allocation. Although he shied away from giving any real answers to the question, on the issue of freedom of speech online, he was firm on how every company across the world has to comply with the laws of the land and India’s case shouldn’t be any different from the rest of the world.



DoT Secy on recommendations of TRAI on spectrum allocation
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Earlier, the book titled India: Impact of Internet was released by Mr R Chandrashekhar. The report comes at a time when the government has just announced its grand plan for taking broadband to the masses, by taking it first to local panchayats. Following the launch, Mr Rajat Kathuria, External Consultant, ICRIER made a short presentation on the findings and recommendations of the study.



Mr Chandrashekhar congratulated ICRIER at the launch of the report and welcomed the timing of the report and the benefits it will bring to the table in quantifying the actual impact of internet on society and economy.



DoT Secy on recent controversy on digital freedom
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The report stated that States with higher internet penetration can be expected to grow faster, and every 10% increase in Internet and broadband penetration in the country could potentially lead to the addition of 1.08%, to India’s gross domestic product (GDP). The report recommends increasing internet usage in the country, which is still very low at just above 100 million users.

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