Facebook chief in India Ajith Mohan said in “Raisina Dialogue” on Wednesday that the Internet, including India, needs new rules. Hopefully, we can create a far-sighted and positive regulatory framework.
New Delhi Facebook head in India Ajit Mohan has said that there is a need for a ‘foresighted and positive regulatory framework’ for Internet companies and this organization needs to be more transparent about the use of customer data. He said that Internet penetration in India had grown very fast and this increased penetration led to the development of a completely new model, which no other country could do in such a short time.
The Internet needs new rules
In ‘Raisina Dialogue’ Ajit Mohan said, ‘We firmly believe that the Internet needs new rules, not only in India but around the world. We worked for a very long time for lack of sufficient clarity and this is the moment when we, especially democratic society, should think. I hope we can create a far-sighted and positive regulatory framework.
Transparency a big issue
Facebook India Vice President and Managing Director Mohan said that there are certain areas on which the regulator can focus. He said, ‘One of the issues is transparency. Determine how the data will be used. Companies should be more transparent about this. The second issue is about algorithms and how machines are controlling people’s lives, there are many concerns about that.
Emphasis on preventing harmful content
Mohan said that there has been a lot of discussion about how big technology companies benefit from the large size of data. He also said that open internet is an area where America and India can work together. Facebook is investing in people and systems to prevent harmful content on its platform and users have extensive control.
India needs modern rules: Rajiv Chandrasekhar
BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar stressed the need for modern and sensitive regulations in India for those providing different types of platforms (Internet intermediaries) using the Internet to determine their accountability to the government and customers. Chandrasekhar is a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Personal Data Protection Bill.
Rule based approach needed
Underlining the importance of rule-based internet, he said, ‘I do not think that the regulation of internet intermediaries requires heavy regulations or police force for the internet. For this, a rule-based approach needs to be developed.
Need for modern regulation
Participating in a discussion organized by Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Chandrasekhar said that India is moving towards a phase where some regulations are being implemented on Internet intermediaries, earlier there was no such system. He said that wide ownership of the Internet should remain with an open society. He said, “I think there is a need for modern and sensitive regulation so that the government and customers have the permission to decide the accountability of such platforms.”
Joint Committee of Parliament will submit the report
The Joint Committee of Parliament on the Personal Data Protection Bill has to submit its report in the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament. It was formed in the month of December of 2019. The committee has so far held meetings with representatives of Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Google, Jio, Ola, Uber, and Paytm.
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