India Government to go for an Internet safety campaign

The union government, in collaboration with internet giant Google, will launch an internet safety campaign, particularly aimed at sensitising young adults and children on sensitive and tricky issues such as cyber bullying and identity theft. Awareness guidelines will also be issued to government officials.

IT Crime  Hacker works on laptop

IT Crime Hacker works on laptop

The government plans to reach out to various departments and ministries for consultations on as well as dissemination of best practices on Internet safety and data security as a part of this campaign. According to reports, the campaign will be carried out by Department of Electronics and Information and Technology (DeitY) which falls under the union ministry of Communications and Information Technology, in collaboration with Google and the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In).

The date of launch is not yet decided. To this effect, the first roundtable was held in the capital earlier, hosted by MyGov, CERT-In and Google. Over 650 ideas pitched by citizens on digital safety on the MyGov were debated and presented. There were also over 200 creative entries in the form of posters on Internet safety.

In the coming weeks there will be discussions with more ministries and government departments to create crisp guidelines on Internet safety.  The meeting was, attended by officials from the DeitY, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Google India, NCERT, CBSE, Cert-In, and the new media wing of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

According to the government’s official communique, DeitY additional secretary Tapan Ray suggested a year-round programme to raise awareness of key policy makers on issues of Internet safety, according to the PIB release. The programme would include roundtables, workshops, “security cafes”, and contests for young adults, policymakers, and NGOs.

Citizen-government interaction platform MyGov, in collaboration with all stakeholders, is also expected to “issue awareness guidelines soon on various safety measures, which can be followed by government officials, schools, guardians and other vulnerable sections.

Author: SubEditor

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