As India gets digitised, there is an urgent need for it to be made digitally safe as well. In this regard, some of the developments in 2018 need to be analysed and modified in 2019
The Government of India launched Digital India to ensure its services reach all citizens in a quicker and more efficient way. It aims to do this through improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity. The initiative includes plans to connect rural areas with high-speed Internet, with the development of secure and stable digital infrastructure. The year 2018 saw various steps taken, both by the government and private sector, in this direction, and, 2019 will most likely see a continuation of this focus.
In addition of the government plans and initiatives, the private sector is on the job. Reliance Jio’s data services-led mobile operations acquiring 100 million subscribers in less than six months of its launch, and Google’s Wi-Fi project in railways stations that has serviced more than 175 million unique users are good examples of the pent-up demand for digital technologies and services. It also shows the ability of the private sector to cater to that demand.