Government of India has announced a mobile governance framework to make use of the increasing mobile usage in the country. It is estimated that there are 870 million mobile users whom the Government aims to provide access to e Governance services.
One of the key components of the framework is the creation of “Mobile Services Delivery Gateway” (MSDG) which will be a shared infrastructure for both Central and State Governments.
The MSDG will ensure that content would be deliverable to different kinds of mobile devices including land lines, basic mobile devices,smart phones, tablets, laptops etc. Mobile Application Store (m-apps) and APIs developed.
It is also proposed that an authentication system based on Aadhaar will also be developed.
A mobile payment gateway will also be part of this infrastructure.
Interesting days are ahead for mobile users and service providers.
The framework does not specifically speak of any information security measures and we have to wait and see how data security is being addressed.