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In-built automated filtering only for child porn: MeitY’s draft rules

The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), in its latest draft sent to the law ministry for vetting, had proposed that content related to terrorism and child pornography should be weeded out by built-in automated technology tools. The final call will be taken after completing discussions with the law ministry, said the official.

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  • The Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) will seek the law ministry's views on the validity of the provisions in the draft document before notifying the rules, govt officials said. MeitY wants to make sure that the provisions in the draft do not overshoot the due diligence requirement under the larger IT Act.

    India is mulling a plan to offer interest subsidy on local borrowing by mobile handset manufacturers.

    Ministry may notify guidelines before the next hearing of the case in the top court which is expected in the last week of Jan, say sources. The apex court is hearing all petitions filed in various HCs with respect to the legal obligations of social media platforms & how they should provide info of users posting & transmitting ‘harmful’ content.

    According to a top official, CSCs have been given the mandate to offer last-mile internet connectivity through BharatNet to homes, through a system of pre-paid monthly coupons. These services can be either through WiFi or direct-to-home fibre. “Movies and entertainment seem to be a good proposition to get people to pay for the internet for the first time,” said a senior government official.

    A Rajya Sabha panel headed by Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, wants firms to follow uniform benchmark practice in regulating, taking down content. The report comes at a time when the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY) is in final stages of notifying amendments to the intermediary guidelines of the IT Act intended to curb misinformation.

    India’s success in using technology for social good in the form of Aadhaar, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) and the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is inspiring many countries across the world. India built an e-office platform for Sri Lanka last year, and work has started on a soil health card project in Cambodia.

    The panel also stated that that gateway internet service providers must bear a significant liability to detect and block websites showing child sexual abuse content, and all search engines must ensure that such websites are blocked during the search and report any website to authorities.

    In a first such initiative, a roadmap has been prepared to promote domestic production of X-Ray machines and components whereby financial incentives will be provided to the manufacturing companies.

    Industry executives said consumers shifted to consuming content on their smartphones and postponed upgrade of their existing television sets in urban and semi-urban areas with the popularity of over-thetop (OTT) services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. In rural India, poor sentiments largely impacted demand, much like most other consumer goods.

    Meity has warned that unless govt restores sops for phone exports, the $3 bn industry would collapse.

    The CoE signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with 5 partners TVAGA (Telangana VFX, Animation and Gaming Association), Hyderabad Angles, HYSEA, and IIIT- Hyderabad to provide resources like mentoring, technology support, infrastructure and funding.

    In a response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Sanjay Dhotre, minister of state for electronics and IT (MeitY), said that "Blockchain Technology as one of the important research areas having application potential in different domains such as Governance, Banking and Finance, Cyber Security and so on."

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