Social media has often served as a fuel for civil conflict and public unrest – there have been instances of viral fake news resulting in violent clashes in various parts of the globe and in India, including in Jammu and Kashmir. There are associated debates around internet shutdowns (that is a frequently used option by law enforcement agencies), use of encrypted communication for mass mobilization and on the most important question of freedom of expression
Today, policymakers in India are faced with some important questions including:
- What steps can be taken to use the internet to diffuse violence instead of restricting access to the internet?
- What steps can the government take to deter the dissemination of fake news that threatens public order?
- What regulatory approaches should be adopted to control the proliferation of anonymising tools on the internet in a manner that does not dilute human rights?
In light of these questions, the Observer Research Foundation is hosting a roundtable on 'Technology, terror, and ideology: A new triangle'
Shiv Murari Sahai, Joint Secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat, the policy making body for national security issues
Samir Saran, Vice President, ORF
The timing of this event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.