The ‘Big Tent Activate Summit’ in New Delhi on 21 March, brought together leading Indian and international experts to discuss the accessibility of internet in today’s time. The experts discussed that whether the Internet would benefit only a particular section of the society or will it also go down to the bottom of the pyramid.
On this event Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal assured that the government is committed to the freedom of internet users. Delivering the key note address at the summit, he underlined that the Internet is the most important and transformative forum. Underlining the power of the internet as a most inclusive medium, as there are no borders on the net, he stated we must move slowly but surely towards making internet the equinet.
Sibal underlined the three important points for making the internet a truly empowering, transformational and inclusive force. He said that we must have enabling framework-rules and regulations must not come in the way of the growth of the net. Secondly networks in terms of fibre-optics and also wireless must be developed to facilitate access to the net. Thirdly affordable access devices are needed for a true inclusive transformational internet revolution.
Sibal also said that it will be truly transformative, if through the internet, we can reach people in their traditional languages.