THE SYDNEY DIALOGUE

Prime Minister Modi on, November 18, 2021, delivered a keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue. The Sydney Dialogue is an annual summit of cyber and critical technologies to discuss the fallout of the digital domain on the law-and-order situation in the world.

PM Modi spoke on the theme ‘India’s technology evolution and revolution’, with the address being preceded by the Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison. The Sydney Dialogue will witness a keynote address by the former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe.

Australian Prime Minister in, his address, noted that Australia-India shares and the relations would grow even more with time. He added that both countries have been making progress in so many areas including, science, space, and digital technology. It is an honour for Australia that PM Modi is addressing Sydney Dialogue.

Prime Minister Modi during, his address at The Sydney Dialogue, said that we are in a time of change that happens once in an era. The digital age has been changing everything around us and, it has redefined the economy, politics, and society. The digital age is raising new questions on governance, sovereignty, law, ethics, rights, and security.

While further talking about the digital age, Prime Minister added the digital age is also responsible for reshaping international competition, power, and friendships and has ushered in a new era of opportunities for progress and prosperity.

Also noting the downsides of the digital age, PM Modi highlighted that the world faces new risks and new forms of conflicts across the diverse threats from sea-bed to cyber to space.

Noting that, India as a democracy and digital leader, Prime Minister Modi said that the country is ready to work with the partners for shared security and prosperity. The digital revolution in India is rooted in our democracy, demography, and the scale of our economy. The revolution is powered by the innovation and enterprise of India’s youth.

The international order should ensure cryptocurrencies do not end up in the wrong hands, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

“It is important that all democratic nations work on this and ensure that it does not end up in wrong hands, which can spoil our youth,” said Mr Modi, addressing the event virtually and delivering the inaugural speech.

Mr Modi said India’s space sector was open to private investment and that the agriculture sector was reaping the benefits of a digital revolution.

The PM’s speech referred to the perils of technology and data that had turned them into new forms of “weapons”.

The reference to bitcoins comes days after a Parliament committee discussed ways to ensure the safety of bitcoins.

Mr Modi also highlighted the leaps in India’s digital revolution and said it was taking care of “individual rights”.

“India’s digital revolution is rooted in our democracy, our demography and the scale of our economy.

The digital age is changing everything around us. It has redefined politics, economy and society. It is raising new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, law, rights and security,” observed Mr Modi during his speech.

He added that India was experiencing five-fold changes involving the digital domain, such as the building of the most extensive public information infrastructure and agriculture.

“India’s industry and services sectors, even agriculture, are undergoing massive digital transformation. We are also using digital technology for clean energy transition, conservation of resources and protection of biodiversity,” noted Mr Modi.

‘In India, we have created a robust framework of data protection, privacy and security,’ Mr Modi said.

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