ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Governing the Internet

Need for Effective Cybersecurity Policy, Law, and Institutional Frameworks

Internet technologies have become a major part of our daily lives. Although the Internet began in the United States as part of a defence project, it has become much more now. There is no sole owner of the Internet and no single government or other entity has exclusive power over its functioning. The Internet was not originally designed with security in mind; however, it is now a concern that many countries have become vulnerable to cyberattacks. India must establish a concrete cybersecurity strategy that takes into account the views of central government departments, universities, industries, international allies and partners, and state and local governments.

The author acknowledges with thanks the comments and valuable suggestions provided in the preparation of this article by Bharat H Desai, Chairperson, Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

We are increasingly being surrounded by internet technologies and have become dependent on them in our daily activities. Initially conceptualised as a United States (US) defence project, the Internet has become a “network of networks” spanning the globe, which links many groups of interconnected computers and devices located across several jurisdictions. Since the network relies on a combination of public and private components, there is no single owner of the Internet as a whole. As it crosses multiple national borders, no single government or any other entity has exclusive power over its functioning.

Threats to Cyberspace

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Updated On : 18th Jan, 2022
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