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Sydney Dialogue

Current Affairs

PM Narendra Modi delivered a keynote address at The Sydney Dialogue speaking about India’s technology evolution and revolution. The Sydney Dialogue was a first-of-its-kind summit for emerging, critical and cyber technologies.

  • The inaugural summit was hosted virtually from Sydney, Australia on 17-19 November 2021.
  • The annual Sydney Dialogue is convened by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) — an independent, non-partisan think tank that produces expert and timely advice for Australian and global leaders.
  • Invitations were issued to select delegates from around the world, with priority given to those in the Indo-Pacific region. 

Topics in debate

Artificial intelligence, quantum computing, the use of surveillance technologies, supply chain resilience, disinformation and cyber-enabled interference, biotechnology, space technologies and the future of cyberspace.

Aim

TSD aims to become a place where the world can anticipate and respond to the complicated challenges and immense opportunities presented by the increasingly complex advances in technology. The program includes landmark addresses, panel discussions and closed-room sessions.

Need of the Summit

Emerging, critical and cyber technologies are having a material impact on our lives and work. They are reshaping our societies, economies and the very future of our planet. But state practice and the pace of technological development is significantly outstripping formal multilateral processes. There is a lack of consensus between the key stakeholders—governments, businesses, the tech sector and civil society—and a lack of spaces that bring them together to focus on solutions, cooperation and policy options.

The Sydney Dialogue aims to fill this critical gap and push global discourse and policymaking into a new, more forward-leaning phase. 

Key Highlights

  • Citing the unregulated nature of the crypto market, recently, the PM called for taking progressive and forward-looking steps. The international order should ensure crypto currencies do not end up in the wrong hands.
  • PM Modi Highlighted the leaps in India’s digital revolution that has redefined politics, economy and society. However, the digital age is raising new questions on sovereignty, governance, ethics, law, rights and security.
  • Five Important Transitions listed by India:

1) World’s most extensive public information infrastructure being built in India – Over 1.3 billion Indians have a unique digital identity (Aadhaar), six hundred thousand villages will soon be connected with broadband and the world’s most efficient payment infrastructure, the Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

2) Using digital technology for governance, inclusion, empowerment, connectivity, delivery of benefits and welfare.

3) World’s third largest and fastest growing Start-up Ecosystem.

4) India’s industry and services sectors, even agriculture, are undergoing massive digital transformation.

5) There is a large effort to prepare India for the future – Investing in developing indigenous capabilities in telecom technology such as 5G and 6G. India is one of the leading nations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, especially in human-centred and ethical use of artificial intelligence.

SOURCE: https://tsd.aspi.org.au/about , https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1772806

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