IGF 2019 WS #385 Combating New Threats to Cyber Security-Indian Perspective

Organizer 1: Garv Sultania, O.P. Jindal Global University
Organizer 2: Arnab Bose, O. P. Jindal Global University
Organizer 3: Seema Sharma, Resilience Relations Services Private Limited
Organizer 4: Neha Mishra, O.P. Jindal Global University
Organizer 5: Prathik Karthikeyan, O.P. Jindal Global University
Organizer 6: Vanshika Chaudhry, O.P. Jindal Global University

Speaker 1: Arnab Bose, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Seema Sharma, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Prathik Karthikeyan, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

Q1) How can cooperation and collaboration on national, regional and global levels help to increase cybersecurity?
Q2) What legal regulations are already in place but potentially need to be enforced and what new legal regulations should be created to address upcoming threats?
Q3) The possible application of blockchain in the prevention of fraud and data theft as well as the capacity for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence be used in the field of cybersecurity?

Relevance to Theme: The Policy paper addresses the key gaps in cybersecurity policy in India by focusing on suggestions with regards to increasing international as well as regional cooperation to increase information sharing and technical information and aid in the dissemination of similiar mechanisms at the regional and sub-regional levels. The presentation will also critically analyse India's Draft Data Protection bill and identify gaps in it and policy suggestions that would not only be useful to incorporate not only in the Indian context but also among other developing countires in their legaslation on data protection and cybersecurity. We will also delve into the questions of utilisation of Machine Learning and Artifical Intelligence and blockchain in bolstering cybersecurity.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The policy examines the ways in which India's Draft Data protection bill affects the civil society,private sector as well as the citizens of the nation. It also proposes new policy measures for intergovernmental cooperation on the international and regional levels through existing mechanisms as well as regional versions of these mechanisms like the UN IMPACT, so as to increase cooperation and technical knowhow.


Other - 60 Min
Format description: A fishbowl type workshop with a group discussion at the end:
Wherein first the audience witnesses an interaction between two viewpoints of the policy proposal as well as a comprehensive discussion on the subject matter, which will be followed by observations as well as general comments by the audience and any possible suggestions or changes that they may suggest finally concluded in a summary discussion by the presenters including the points brought up by the audience and formulate and solidify policy.

Description: The Policy paper addresses the various ways in which we can increase intergovernmental cooperation. It will also look into the Draft Indian Data Protection Bill and extrapolate the measures and safeguards that should be present in data protection laws. Finally, we'll examine the relevance of new technologies like blockchain and artificial intelligence in the field of cybersecurity.

Expected Outcomes: To critique the Indian Data Protection Bill and identify the safeguards and gaps that we should be wary of in data protection laws, as well as gain a deeper understanding of intergovernmental cooperation in the field of cybersecurity and review policies with regards to the emergence of new technologies and their relation to cybersecurity.

Onsite Moderator: 

Neha Mishra, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator: 

Vanshika Chaudhry, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Garv Sultania, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

Use the fishbowl method to allow the audience to gain a nuanced understanding of the topics discusses, questions will be encouraged to be asked during the session or have questions posed towards the end as well. Participants will then be invited to talk about possible policy suggestions as well as critiques to the proposed policy decisions. At the end of the discussion, the presenters will make a summary with regards to the discussion and taking into account the proposed changes and critiques and hopefully reach a consensus on the policy.

Online Participation: 

Make use of the online live streaming service and have questions as well as suggestions posed through an online questionnaire.


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