India Mobile Congress – Update (December, 2020)

Context in Current Affairs: PM Modi is to address the India Mobile Congress on December 8, 2020. The Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India are organizing the Indian Mobile Congress. It is being organized under the theme “Inclusive Innovation-Smart, Secure, Sustainable”. The Congress is to be held between December 8, 2020 and December 10, 2020.

Significance

The Congress aims to drive research and development, local investments and emerging technology sectors. It will mainly focus on Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Block Chain, Data Analytics and Smart Cities and Internet of Things.

Artificial Intelligence in India

The CBSE board in 2019 included Artificial Intelligence as an elective subject for ninth grade students. IIT Hyderabad had launched Bachelor of Technology in Artificial Intelligence. It is the first educational institute in India to launch the programme. It is estimated that Artificial Intelligence will add 957 billion USD to the GDP of India by 2035.

Cyber Security in India

India was one among the few countries to launch “Cyber Security Policy” in 2013. In India, each state governments has its own Cyber Emergency Response Team.

According to the report of Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the cyber attacks from China contribute to 35% of total cyber attacks in the country, followed by US, Russia, Pakistan, Canada and Germany.

The Government of India has launched Cyber Swachhta Kendra (Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centre) in 2017.

Blockchain Technology in India

The Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology operating under the Reserve Bank of India is developing a model platform for the block chain technology.

Internet of Things in India

According to NASSCOM, the Internet of Things in India is expected to reach 15 billion USD by 2020. The Government of India has planned to leverage Internet of Things as a part of National Digital Communication Policy and Digital India Mission.

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