Bring digital literacy to the masses, says Sibal

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Opportunities thrown up by technology can be harnessed only if the children in the country are made computer literate, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the discussion of roadmap for implementation of the advanced IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) in India, organised by industry body Ficci, he said a major part of problems that the country faced today can be resolved through technology.

“You can’t talk of it in terms of moving from IPv4 to IPv6.... The enormous opportunities that we have. 340 trillion IP addresses that we will have and we know that 3.4 billion IP addresses are not enough. So what if you provide the addresses if you do not bring digital literacy to the masses,” he said.

The children have to be “tech savvy” and for that they have to be computer literate, he said, adding that if India does not have computer literate children then it will not be able to take advantage of this transition from IPv4 to IPv6.

Taking a dig at political parties, the Minister said: . ”...not only that, the children will be computer literate only when the political establishment understands the importance of IPv6. Do political parties in this country understand the importance of IPv6?PTI



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