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GoI to launch data portal for public sharing

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Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog

Government is in process of creating a data sharing portal for public use. The portal will be made on a public platform to make it easily accessible for people, said Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog while addressing a session at a conference on February 27.

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Kant, while addressing the session themed ‘Shaping the New Economy: Transitions & Trends in Technology’ during ‘US-India Forum: Partners for Growth’ said, “India has a vast amount of data. NITI Aayog is working on a portal to put this data in an anonymous manner in public domain so that the people across the sectors can utilise it.”

Talking about the need for data accessibility he said, there are over 2,000 startups in India working in AI and machine learning and we can’t starve them of data. However, Kant said that that critical human personal data should be kept within the country.

He outlined a need to create an economic framework addressing data pooling as a business resource in a responsible manner.

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Kant added, “India cannot grow rapidly at high rates without a taking a leap in technology in many areas of growth. India has to get into growing areas of the industry, and I believe India can radically change the landscape of e-mobility.”

According to Kant, India offers the size and scale to do innovations across health and education among other domains. Data will be used at a greater size and scale as India is the only country in the world which has a varied bank of biometrics.

Further, talking about the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Kant said, asked private companies, service providers and banks to leverage on the power of machine learning and AI.

Former Secretary of Telecom, Government of India, Aruna Sundharajan addressing the conference said, “We must open up and enlarge the regulatory sandboxes in every area and have a full play for innovations.”

Ram Madhav, National General Secretary, BJP in a session themed on ‘US-India Strategic Collaboration in the Indo-Pacific’ said, India today is a lot different from what it was earlier. In the 21st century it is not just an aspirational nation, but, also an ambitious nation.

Also Read: How Data and IT are Changing the Face of Digital India

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