CUTS International, ARPI, IITB to jointly work on ethics framework for 6G telecom

ET Telecom, May 5, 2022

CUTS International, a policy think-tank has partnered with the Australian Risk Policy Institute (ARPI) and the International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIITB), to jointly work on an ethical framework for 6G technology.

CUTS International on Thursday said it has bagged a grant under the second round of the Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) program by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for its ‘Ethical 6G – Identifying Elements of an Ethical Framework for 6G and Creating Opportunities for India and Australia’ project.

“The purpose of the AICCTP is to encourage and strengthen practical cooperation and collaboration between the two countries in order to shape a global technology environment that reflects a shared vision of an open, free, and rules-based Indo-Pacific,” as per a media release.

The project aims to actualize practical cooperation and collaboration between India and Australia on developing critical telecommunication technologies, specifically 6G, to create an enabling environment in India and Australia for their contributions to 6G standard making and to strengthen understanding of an ethical framework.

While many countries are still in the process of deploying the fifth-generation (5G) network technology, some movements on the 6G standard making have begun. “In this context, countries like India and Australia can take early steps and enjoy the first-mover advantage,” the release added.

“The program promotes Australian and Indian organizations working together to contribute to the global development of ethical standards around critical and emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, next-generation telecommunications, Internet of Things, quantum, synthetic biology, blockchain and big data,” Australia’s High Commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell, tweeted.“Bilateral cooperation in cyberspace and technology is a critical pillar for strengthening India-Australia’s comprehensive strategic partnership and will contribute to the larger objective of a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” said Pradeep Mehta, Secretary General, CUTS International.

“We at IIITB, are glad to be an academic partner with CUTS in this project to define the landscape for 6G systems in India, Australia, and the entire Indo-Pacific region,” said V Sridhar of the International Institute of Technology, Bangalore.“This is a great opportunity for a bilateral approach to integrate effective data management with user and device protection against vulnerabilities which would otherwise detract from 6G innovation,” added Tony Charge, President, ARPI.

The telecom department on December 30 had set up academia-driven six task forces under the Technology Innovation Group or TIG to work on various aspects of the latest telecom technology.

The new task groups are headed by Bhaskar Ramamurthy, director, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Chennai, Abhay Karandikar, director, IIT-Kanpur, Bharadwaj Amrutur, director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Kiran Kumar Kuchi, director, IIT-Hyderabad on multi platform for next generation networks, spectrum policy, multi-disciplinary innovative solutions, and devices respectively.

Group for financing research and development is headed by Ashok Kumar Tiwari, Member (Technology), Digital Communications Commission (DCC), and a task force on international standards is headed by NG Subramaniam, chairman of the Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India (TSDSI).

Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia exclusively told ET that the company is betting on India to help it drive global standardization for 5G advanced and 6G technologies and is now accordingly increasing the presence of its research arm, Bell Labs, for the same.

Earlier this year, Reliance Jio inked a strategic partnership with the University of Oulu, Finland, for undertaking research and standardization-related activities in 6G technology.

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