Government need to encourage startups and entrepreneurs to fill the gap in social media apps.
Ever since 20 Indian soldiers were martyred in a fight against Chinese expansionism near Galwan, Line of Actual Control (LAC), India has gone aggressive with its security protocols. From banning 59 Chinese apps to cancelling existing contracts given to Chinese firms, India has finally concluded that its national security and other priorities, can no longer be taken lightly, even if it is China. Besides, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been quite vocal about promoting Atmanirbhar Bharat (an upgraded version of Make in India) and recently has also quit Chinese social media site Weibo.
It is no secret that the advances made in the IT field have drastically changed the way we interact and communicate but the consistent efforts made through cyber attacks to gain essential information, often related to national security, has dampened the appreciation of the digital world. Just two weeks ago, Cert-IN issued an advisory against a cyberwar waged by China through invisible hackers.
Furthermore, the global boycott of Xi Jinping’s regime is also now more evident, as one hand the USA has welcomed and supported the Indian government’s decision to ban Chinese social media and communication apps, on the other, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) itself has also imposed a ban on China’s Huawei and XTE Corporation.
It is too soon to judge whether this would inflict damage on the Chinese economy or not however, it would be safe to assume the foundation for it has been laid. Ever since Sars-2 Cov emerged from China, the countries across the globe have been suspicious about the dragon. Instead of being apologetic about their unregulated meat markets, the XI Jinping’s regime has been aggressive towards gaining more territory, at a time when the whole world is struggling to keep up with the pandemic effects.
Did China just exploit the technological void ?
While business entities in China like Xiaomi, Alibaba increased their footprints, thereby exploited the technological void in India, political China continued to unleash its PLA on our borders to nibble away our territory.
It is found that some of these apps collected strategic information from the user including ISP, network activities, IP dress, geo-location data, among others- an extreme threat to national security and the defence aspects. Although the move is quite significant, it is the lack of our platforms and apps that could see a shift towards apps developed in the US or EU countries, which could result in another set of problems to our detriment.
It is high time to encourage Indian companies, technology researchers and technopreneurs to fill this gap- a strong way to accomplish the mission Atmanirbhar Bharat.