The Government of India has recently launched an “App Challenge.” If anyone completes this challenge, then he will be given 1 crore by the Government of India. This challenge has been introduced as “Innovation Challenge for Development of Video Conferencing Solution.” Right now, India is facing lockdown, so work from home has become a necessity for crores of people. Work from home means that a large amount of information is being exchanged online, so it is common to worry about privacy and security.
What is the challenge…
As you know, video conferencing can be done from many popular apps like Zoom. But the popular video conferencing app Zoom is under question due to security reasons. In such a situation, it is reasonable to worry about privacy and security. Therefore, the Central Government has asked to develop a video conferencing app for Indian companies. But the challenge is that this video conferencing app should work on any device. This app should be able to provide its facility in the worst network area. Apart from this, there should be encrypted communication, and the usage of the app should also minimize power consumption. To complete this challenge, the Central Government has given the registration date; for this, you will have to register from April 13, and its last date is April 30. The government will announce the result of this app challenge on July 29, 2020. In which the winning team will be given prize money of 1 crore, and with this, the app will be certified by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
Why did the government give this challenge?
Let me tell you, last week, the government issued an advisory against the Zoom app. The Cyber Coordinator Center (CyCord) of the Ministry of Home Affairs had said that government officials should not use this app due to security reasons. Earlier, India’s nodal agency CERT-In, which looks into cyber-security threats, also warned that the Zoom video conferencing app is prone to cyber-attacks. Apart from this, some organizations like Google and Standard Chartered have also advised their employees not to use the Zoom app. The US Senate has also advised its members to avoid this app.
Most people have been forced to work from home since the Coronavirus lockdown in India. In such a situation, the popularity of the Zoom app increased. Many high courts also use the Zoom app for essential hearing. Not only this, but even the Defense Minister of the country has also been seen using this app.