NATIONAL OPEN DIGITAL ECOSYSTEM: THE FUTURE OF EMPOWERED INDIA.
This article is written by Drishti Sharma, a Fourth Year B.A. LLB (Hons.) Student at Amity Law School, Amity University Rajasthan.
As India looks to adopt the maxim “Minimum government and Maximum governance” the role of the digital ecosystem has become very important. The Ministry of Electronics of Information Technology has released a consultation paper on the strategy of National Open Digital Ecosystem. A lot has been said and written about the same. This thought-provoking article by our Content Contributor Drishti Sharma feels that the motive for bringing this type of digital e-governance to the market is just to overcome the government deficit and improve the life of every individual in the society making their work easy. The author argues that if we look at cybersecurity in India it must ensure at most security of the data’s provided by the citizens and the government thereby should adapt the National Open Digital ecosystem to such peculiarities of India.
As India looks to adopt the maxim “Minimum government and Maximum governance” i.e. to bring the government closer to the citizens so that they can actively participate in the governance process, the role of the digital ecosystem has become very important. Therefore, India has made its way from collecting the public records from offline to online medium i.e. has led itself to the path of digitalization of public records. The Ministry of Electronics of Information Technology has released a consultation paper on the strategy of National Open Digital Ecosystem (NODE), which aims at the principle of providing the citizen the next generation open and secure delivery platforms. This has been seen to become the evolution in the field of the e-governance in India. So talking about the NODE or Govt. tech. 3.0, it states that it is a transparent governance mechanism which enables technology collaboration among citizens and government to transform cultural outcomes. The main objective behind this system was to integrate all the datas across the department and the ministries, to provide the business oriented people to come up with their start up business ideas to build solution for the Government. Some of the examples that best defines this NODE are the contact tracing Aarogya Setu App to prevent the spread of corona virus, UPI, GSTIN, e- transport project named Vahan which helped ministry digitalize issuing of vehicle registrations and driver’s licenses, Diksha for the government school teachers, Digilocker. It is estimated that by 2030’s the NODE would gain around $500 billion in economic value with some huge cultural and governance benefits.
There are many advantages and disadvantages also regarding this NODE schemes of the Government. Firstly, talking about the ADVANTAGES of this Govt. tech 3.0 :
But at the end everything comes with a cost and so do with this open digital ecosystem. The challenges faced by the NODE are:
There are some suggestive steps that the Government can put on this NODE system, such as:
The motive for bringing this type of digital e-governance to the market is just to overcome the government deficit and improve the life of very individual in the society making their work easy. But, if we look at cyber security in India it must ensure at most security of the data’s provided by the citizens and the government thereby should adapt the National Open Digital ecosystem to such peculiarities of India. And focusing towards the design choice the government should focus on the technological and governance architecture which would help in more community engagement and would also provide a secure portal for the citizens to access to. The NODEs should more of expand their potential towards other sectors like the health sector, law and order, rural sectors, agriculture etc and should emphasis on improving it as they can provide ease to the public. In order to reduce the openness of the personal data’s of the individuals the NODE should therefore have strong governance framework ensuring fairness in sharing the information to the stakeholders while keeping an eye over their behavior. If these things are done in an organized manner then the government can build a more resilient and empowered India.
Surabhi Agarwal, “Govt’s changing the way health data is captured in India”, The Economic Times, https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/make-data-with-history/articleshow/74683861.cms?from=mdr
 The bill exempt anyone from using anyone’s processing personal data without the individual’s consent. It also contains two clauses purpose limitation and collective limitation to limit the collection of data of what is specifically need