A new programme has been started by the Cyber Crime Cell of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) under which the citizens can participate as volunteers to identify, flag and report to the government illegal and unlawful content, including child p*rnography, rape, terrorism, radicalisation and anti-national activities.
The programme will be introduced on a trial basis in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, and then will be scaled to other states depending on the feedback.
Under the programme, the MHA’s Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre will act as an apex, while volunteers can register themselves with their states or union territories to work as cyber volunteers.
However, the volunteers will be asked to reveal personal details, including name, father’s name, mobile numbers and email address.
According to the document for the registration for volunteers, the details of the volunteer will not be verified separately.
The MHA portal where one can register as a cybercrime volunteer specifies that those who register cannot use this programme for any commercial gains or issue any public statement about their association as a cyber volunteer.
The volunteers are “prohibited from using the name or claiming association” with MHA on any public platform.
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Kevin M. Paul