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CERT-In, Koo, and CyberPeace Foundation Launch Year-Long Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign for Students on July 6, 2022

Jul 09, 2022 6:41 PM STI

New Delhi [India], July 9 (ANI/NewsSee): To encourage young people to use technology in a safe and responsible manner, India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the Ministry of Electronics and Technology of Information (MeitY), Koo and the CyberPeace Foundation have launched “#CybersKool” initiatives to educate young Indians about cybersecurity. The initiative aims to educate college students and children across India over the next 11 months to make the internet and social media safe, secure and reliable.
#CybersKool will host a series of interactive webinars, panel discussions, workshops and competitions focused on sharing information on ethical online practices, online rights and duties and responsible behavior online. As an inclusive platform to share thoughts and opinions in native languages, Koo will organize interactive activities for students, such as slogan writing and quizzes, to encourage knowledge sharing on online safety. . Alongside the students, other relevant stakeholders such as parents, guardians and faculty should be involved in the activities. The year-long campaign will culminate in the publication of a digital cybersecurity playbook that will carry the lessons of #CybersKool. The manual will be available on the Koo and CyberPeace Foundation website for students to download and read.
An independent and responsible platform, Koo has led citizen awareness efforts on an ongoing basis with CERT-In around cybersecurity. With India being one of the fastest growing internet markets in the world, the need to inform and educate users, especially young people on cyber hygiene, is of tremendous importance.
Spokesperson Koo said, “At Koo, in our efforts to promote freedom of expression on social media in native languages, promoting safe and responsible user behavior is a priority for us. The #CybersKool initiative in collaboration with CERT-In and the CyberPeace Foundation is another step. in this direction.”

Major Vineet Kumar, Founder and Global Chairman of the CyberPeace Foundation, said: “Students are active internet users and therefore one of the most vulnerable as well. #CybersKool – in partnership with platforms like Koo and CERTIn becomes necessary to educate young people and stakeholders about safe online practices. We are grateful to the association and look forward to a successful campaign ahead.”
CEO of CERT-In, Dr. Sanjay Bahl, said, “Cybersecurity awareness about the latest malicious cyber activities is a key element for internet users and citizens to protect themselves against such activities. CERT-In, KooApp and CyberPeace Foundation are jointly organizing a cybersecurity awareness campaign “CybersKool” and launched on July 6, 2022 as part of “Cyber ​​Jagrookta Diwas”. The objective of this program is to educate Internet users, particularly middle school and schoolchildren, on security tips to protect themselves against cyber-attacks, fraud and crime. With CERT-In, KooApp, the Indian micro-blogging and multilingual platform is actively working to educate Indian citizens about cybersecurity in their local language. CERT-In sincerely hopes this will help people on the internet understand that the technology used to empower them to foster creativity and innovation should be used responsibly, reliably, and in a safe manner.”
Koo, a multilingual micro-blogging platform was launched in March 2020. The goal was to allow users around the world to express themselves online in their native language. An innovator of language-based microblogging, Koo is currently available in 10 languages ​​– Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali and English. The platform’s unique features include a translation feature that allows real-time translation of a message into many languages ​​while retaining the sentiment and context of the original text. This improves reach and provides greater traction for the user. The app has over 30 million downloads and is actively used by over 7,000 prominent people in politics, sports, media, entertainment, spirituality, art and culture to connect with their followers in multiple languages.
The CyberPeace Foundation (CPF) is an award-winning civil society organization, think tank of cybersecurity and policy experts with the vision of pioneering CyberPeace initiatives to build collective resilience against cybercrime and global cyberwarfare threats . CyberPeace Foundation is involved in policy advocacy, research and training related to all aspects of CyberPeace and CyberSecurity. The main areas of work of the CyberPeace Foundation are technology governance, policy review and advocacy, building and building capacities and capacities through partnerships with various government organizations, academic institutions and entities of the civil society.
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