Topic: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
5) Discuss the most prominently witnessed internal security threats due to social media also discuss the Existing laws for regulation over electronic media in India.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question is directly from the static portions of GS paper III.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the prominent internal security challenges/threats that have been witnessed or being witnessed due tot social media and one must explain the laws and regulations in place to curb the same.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Explain how Spread of social media and cell phones has created the phenomenon of ‘flash crowds’ at the site of encounters. In addition, media like Facebook and YouTube are being used to great advantage to carry out propaganda.
One can discuss recent examples/incidences to substantiate the possible threats posed by social media on the internal security aspects of the country.
Then move on to detail upon the Existing laws for regulation over electronic media in India.
Conclude that a serious and clear debate on the issue of freedom of expression, social responsibility, anonymity and data security is the need of the hour. And social media needs to be managed with proper and strict regulations in place.