Innovation must not be curbed under garb of privacy- Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and IT

18 November, 2017


Innovation must not be curbed under the garb of privacy asserted Union Minister for Electronics and IT – Ravi Shankar Prasad. Speaking at ASSOCHAM’s 2nd International Technology Summit 2017 in New Delhi the minister called for a rational discussion on the subject. He speaking of digitization stated that emerging technologies in India must be low cost, inclusive and developmental. He also assured the audience that India was on its way to becoming a digital superpower.
The Knowledge partner address was delivered by Partner, PwC – Arnab Basu who observed that India needs to create incentives for investing in emerging technologies like AI and cybersecurity. India cannot grow if it does not develop emerging digital technologies he added. He noted that as much as 75% of India’s IT workforce will need to be retrained in the next few years to ensure high employability.
Addressing the gathering the Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on IT/ITES – Dr. Lovneesh Chanana called for a holistic approach for including public safety in cybersecurity. Highlighting emerging digital technologies he illustrated how they were changing the world. These technologies can increase employability and even reduce carbon emissions he pointed out.
The event also witnessed the launch of knowledge paper jointly prepared by ASSOCHAM and PwC besides technical presentations and discussions on themes such as Government’s vision and policy push on emerging technologies for economic transformation; Developments in Emerging Technologies – AI, Blockchain, IoT and Cloud and India specific use cases and best practices. 
Prominent dignitaries that attended the summit included the MD, Symantec – Gaurav Agarwal; Head, Digital India Foundation and Innovation Evangelist, – Arvind Gupta; OSD, Data Analytics Cell, NITI AYOG – Dr. Avik Sarkar; Partner, PwC – Rituparno Mukhopadhyay; Director, Government eMarketplace – Mayank Bisht; President, ASSOCHAM – Sandeep Jajodia and CMD, SMC Global Securities Ltd. and Managing Committee Member, ASSOCHAM – S. C. Agarwal.