India’s recent chairmanship of the G-20 summit in New Delhi marked a significant milestone in the global discourse on data, digital infrastructure, and responsible Artificial Intelligence (AI) usage.
The New Delhi Declaration, a product of this summit, signifies India’s commitment to fostering responsible digitization for the benefit of all.
At the heart of this declaration lies the Digital Public Infrastructure (DPI) concept, which garnered unanimous support from G-20 leaders. DPI is conceived as a framework for delivering digital services on a societal level, acknowledging its convenience and benefits.
India, often lauded for its prowess in software development and IT services, has emerged as a model for harnessing the potential of DPI.
Significant achievements have marked India’s progress in implementing DPI. Endeavors such as the Unified Payment Interface (UPI), Aadhaar for digital identity, and Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) have profoundly transformed India’s digital environment.
Global leaders have recognized that India’s experience in these areas can guide the development of DPI globally. India’s proposal for a Global Digital Public Infrastructure Repository (GDPIR) further emphasizes the nation’s commitment to facilitating the creation of a virtual repository of global digital public infrastructure.
Crucially, India’s DPI framework promotes secure data exchange within the bounds of international law and credibility. As the world acknowledges the pivotal role of data in advancing economies and bridging digital divides, India’s leadership in DPI signifies a commitment to inclusive and sustainable development.
India’s presidency also saw agreement among G-20 finance ministers on leveraging DPI to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. Additionally, India’s participation as an expert partner in the United Nations Development Project working group, in collaboration with the World Bank, underscores its dedication to realizing the DPI vision.
However, India recognizes that making DPI a reality involves securing agreements and initiating the process of data sharing among member countries, a complex endeavor in itself. As data’s importance continues to grow in the 21st century, India’s stance on responsible AI usage and its efforts in shaping global digital infrastructure highlight its role as a guiding force in the digital age.
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