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Web access shouldn’t be limited to Tier I and II cities in India: Sachin Pilot

by Satrajit Sen

According to Sachin Pilot, minister of state for communications and information technology, government of India, locally relevant content will help in growing the number of internet users in the rural parts of the country.

by Satrajit Sen

According to Sachin Pilot, minister of state for communications and information technology, government of India, locally relevant content will help in growing the number of internet users in the rural parts of the country.

“Access of web shouldn’t be limited only to Tier I and II cities in the country. Increased access of web, regardless of age, will facilitate the usage of ICT in India and help in bringing the country at par with technologically-advanced countries,” Pilot said while speaking at World Wide Web: Technology, Standards and Internationalization Conference, organised by World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on May 6, 2010 in New Delhi.

Sachin Pilot further said that bringing internet to all Indians is what the government is working towards. He also opined that for transforming the education system in India, unlimited access of web should be made easy in all parts of the country.

R Chandrasekhar, secretary, department of information technology, ministry of communications and information technology, said that earlier internet connectivity in India was restricted to some parts of the country’s population but today, the scenario has changed. “India has begun to see huge initiatives by government and private sectors that use technology and internet to initiate various projects. Share markets, financial institutions and e-governance are some sectors which are considerably using web and technology,” Chandrasekhar added. He further said that internet in India can become the leveller of the existing economic divides in the country.

Outlining the key challenges of internet adoption in India, R Chandrasekhar said that the perils of mono-linguism are the biggest challenges for the growth of internet adoption in India. Besides, another constraint is the security and privacy concern on internet.

However, according to Swaran Lata, head, Technology Development for Indian Languages (TDIL), department of information technology, government of India, and country manager, W3C India, 22 Indian languages have already been made Unicode compatible and recognised by the industry. She further appealed that mobile web access should be made available in Indian languages.

According to S Ramadorai, vice chairman, Tata Consultancy Services, Google has found out that 1 out of every 10 web pages have some amount of malicious code in them and to avoid this, industries should start following and implementing the W3C standards.

The conference was organised as a part of W3C opening its office in India. W3C is an international body which develops web standards and in order to put forward its mission to lead the web to its full potential, the consortium will enable W3C standards for 22 Indian languages. W3C India operation has been setup with the support of TDIL.

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