PM Modi global norms emerging technologies social media cryptocurrencies at summit for Democracy


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In a virtual speech, Prime Minister Modi said that India would be happy to share its expertise in conducting free and fair elections and enhancing transparency in all areas of governance.

In a virtual speech at the Democracy Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a concerted effort to shape global norms for emerging technologies such as social media and cryptocurrencies so that they are not used to “strengthen” democracy. To “rubbish” it. This is the second time in the last three weeks that Modi has called for working together on the need to control cryptocurrency. In his virtual speech at the Sydney Dialogue on 18 November, Modi called on democracies to work together to ensure that cryptocurrency does not fall into the wrong hands.

Modi began by saying that he was proud to represent the world’s largest democracy at the summit. “India would be happy to share its expertise in conducting free and fair elections and increasing transparency in all areas of governance through innovative digital solutions,” he said.

The Prime Minister said different parts of the world have followed different paths of democratic development and there is a lot to learn from each other. “We all need to continually improve our democratic practices and systems. And, we all need to continue to increase inclusion, transparency, human dignity, redress of reactionary grievances and decentralization of power,” he said.

In a virtual speech, Prime Minister Modi said that India would be happy to share its expertise in conducting free and fair elections and enhancing transparency in all areas of governance.

Referring to Abraham Lincoln’s famous quote on democracy, the Prime Minister added that democracy is also about being “with the people, with the people.” “Structural features such as multi-party elections, independent judiciary and free media are important tools of democracy. However, the core strength of democracy is the consciousness and principles that exist between our citizens and our society.”

“Democracy exists not only of the people, by the people, for the people, but also with the people, within the people,” Modi said. The Prime Minister called for concerted efforts to shape global norms for emerging technologies such as social media and cryptocurrency.

“We must jointly formulate global rules for emerging technologies such as social media and cryptocurrency, so that they are used to empower democracy, not to weaken it,” he said.

In his remarks at the Summit for Democracy, Modi said that the democratic consciousness was an integral part of Indian civilization and the centuries of colonial rule could not suppress the democratic consciousness of the Indian people. “It has again found full expression with India’s independence, and has led to an unparalleled story of democratic nation-building in the last 75 years,” he said.

“It’s a story of unprecedented socio-economic inclusion in all areas. It’s a story of unimaginable progress in health, education and human well-being,” he said.

“India’s story has a clear message to the world. Democracy can deliver, it has delivered, and it will continue to deliver,” he added.

Modi said that by working together, democracy can fulfill the aspirations of the people and celebrate the democratic consciousness of humanity. “India is ready to join co-democracy in this great endeavor,” he said.

(With agency input)

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