Obama, Indian PM commit to cyber cooperation

Obama, Indian PM commit to cyber cooperation
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President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed during Modi’s Tuesday visit to Washington to “deepen” their work together on cybersecurity issues and said they were committed to an open internet.

“The leaders emphasized that cyberspace enables economic growth and development, and reaffirmed their commitment to an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet, underpinned by the multistakeholder model of Internet governance,” their governments said in a joint statement.

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“They committed to deepen cooperation on cybersecurity and welcomed the understanding reached to finalize the Framework for the U.S.-India Cyber Relationship in the near term.”

The White House said in a fact sheet on a framework between the two countries that they would share “information on a real time or near real time basis, when practical and consistent with existing bilateral arrangements, about malicious cybersecurity threats, attacks and activities.”

Law enforcement in both countries will also continue to cooperate, according to the framework, and the countries will promote joint research into cybersecurity topics.

Obama and Modi met at the White House on Tuesday.

Modi has been highly engaged on issues affecting American tech companies. A visit to Silicon Valley last fall attracted the attention of several major chief executives, who see the Indian market as vital to their success.

He has also worked to bring parts of the country only who previously have not had access to internet connections.

The joint framework is expected to be signed within 60 days, the White House said.