Google lines up cyber-security roadshows

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Google lines up cyber-security roadshows
Google lines up cyber-security roadshows

The measures are aimed at prioritising cyber-security skilling, user awareness and support for high-risk communities

New online safety initiatives in India, including multi-city cyber-security roadshows were announced on Thursday by the tech titan Google to upskill about 100,000 developers and digital safety-focused grants of $2 million from Google to community organisations.

All these efforts are aimed at strengthening the collective capability of the country’s growing digital economy against cyber threats, Google said.

The measures are aimed at prioritising cyber-security skilling, user awareness and support for high-risk communities.

To upskill nearly 100,000 developers, IT and startup professionals across the country, Google, while announcing these initiatives at an event, said it will organise multi-city cyber-security roadshows.

To encourage internet users to adopt better practices for safer digital transactions, the company also announced a multilingual user awareness campaign supported by the IT ministry and Digital India Corporation.

It also announced digital safety-focused grants totalling $2 million (about Rs 16 crore) from Google in India to non-profit organisations, including Collective Good Foundation, Point Of View, and HelpAge India “that will enable high-risk groups such as women, micro-entrepreneurs, seniors, and the LGBTQIA+ community to leverage the opportunity of the internet with safety and confidence.”

Speaking at the event, Sanjay Gupta, Vice President and Country Head, Google India, said, as India progresses towards becoming a truly digitally enabled economy, “it is critical that the opportunity of connectivity has not come at the price of online safety, and we all come together to build a safer internet for millions of Indians.”

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