Emerging technologies will require greater collaborative efforts across the sectors within the country and globally both for co-creation and sharing of infrastructure as well as for protecting citizens from fraud and spam, said PD Vaghela, former Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Delivering the keynote address at the 10th International Communication Management Conference (ICMC) at MICA Ahmedabad, Vaghela spoke about the opportunities and challenges of emerging technologies. “While the era of emerging technologies holds immense promise for India and the world, bridging the digital divide and ensuring equitable access to emerging technologies are vital for the inclusive and sustainable development of societies and economies. Digital inclusion is not just a national concern; it is a global imperative,” he said.
Speaking about the challenges in adapting emerging technology, Vaghela said, “Concerns about trust and privacy surrounding AI’s data usage and potential misuse can create reluctance to adopt AI technologies. Every time new technologies are introduced, the likelihood of the poor, women, and vulnerable sections getting excluded increases unless they are freshly trained and equipped to use new technologies. Unequal access to infrastructure, limited digital literacy, and affordability issues can hinder equitable access to new technologies, undermining all digital inclusion efforts.”
The event witnessed personalities from academia, industry, and policymaking, marking the confluence of these diverse perspectives. The first day of the conference ended with a panel discussion on Immersive Technology and Experiences: Implications for Business and Society. Indian Express