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Indo-US ICT Working Group to meet on Sept 30, Oct 1

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is organising an ICT (Information and Communications Technology) Working Group meeting between India and USA on September 30 and October 1, a senior official at MeitY told MediaNama. MeitY Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney will attend the event on behalf of Government of India, while Robert L. Strayer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber and International Communications and Information Policy from the US Department of State will be here from USA. The venue and agenda for the meeting are still being finalised. MediaNama has reached out to the US Department of State for comment. MediaNama has also learnt that the Cyber Dialogue between the two countries will be held on the morning of September 30. The Fifth US-India Cyber Dialogue was held in New Delhi in 2016. Considering that the last two Cyber Dialogues saw attendance from the then National Cyber Security Coordinators and other members of the Indian National Security Council, it is highly likely that Lt Gen. (Dr) Rajesh Pant, the current National Cyber Security Coordinator, will be present at the dialogue along with other members of the NSC. The India-US ICT Working Group (ICTWG) was established in 2005 to discuss issues related to cyber security, privacy, cross-border data flows and internet governance between two countries. After 2005, the ICTWG met for a workshop in January 2015 in Washington, DC. The WG met again in September 2016. Data localisation, Make in India, 5G, CLOUD: Key ICT issues for the Working group…

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