UPSC CSE Mains Syllabus: GS-2- Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.

Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

Information Technology Laws – Are They Archaic

India is one of the most important and fastest-growing digital economies, with over 560 million connected internet users. The internet, apart from offering access to information, represents opportunities for India and Indians for economic, cultural and social empowerment.

Archaic laws:

The Information Technology Act, 2000 is of a bygone era.

It is said that it is ill-equipped to meet the needs of a 21st-century internet economy.

Section 69A is one such example, where public access to information online has been blocked on several occasions.

It is seen as an archaic/outdated legal regime, detached from changing times.

Even though the Constitutional validity of the section was upheld by the Supreme Court stating that it is narrowly drawn with several safeguards, in practice, it is used extensively and in a non-transparent manner. 

What is needed:

Due process:

Graded responses/ safeguards

The bedrock of the Constitution is the basic feature which is protected forever; by analogy, the internet (connectivity, communication and information) has its own unique basic structure, which must be kept intact as an integral part of internet governance.

Source:”Financial express”.

Possible UPSC Mains Question:

Are India’s Information technology laws archaic? Is there a need to reform them? Why?