Zoom App Not Safe! India Soon To Make His Own Video Conferencing App




Whole nation is under stringent lockdown in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Majority of the individuals are managing their work from home to ensure smooth functioning of their businesses. Are you also working from home and using Zoom App for your video meetings or webinars ??

The Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) under the Union Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has issued an advisory for the Zoom App users. Prior to this, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team(Cert-In) has already issued an advisory in February stating Zoom is not a safe platform. For those who want to continue using the app, MHA have given certain guidelines that need to be followed to safeguard the individuals.
Zoom has gained popularity in India and it's per day download number has also increased in recent weeks. It is one of the trending app which was being used by Indian Ministers, corporate employees and students for video conferencing, online meetings, online video lectures. Zoom has privacy and security issues which can allow hackers to steal important and sensitive information related to the users, ongoing meetings and shared documents. Recently, credentials belonging to more than five lac zoom users have been stolen and sold on the dark web.

Zoom is an American company that provides the platform for video conferencing with their servers located in China. Due to security loopholes, Government of Taiwan, the United States Senate,the German Foreign Ministry and the Australian Defense Force have already banned the usage of this app. Government Agency NASA, companies like Google, SpaceX, and number of educational Institutes have banned the use of zoom app. 

India does not have a video conferencing platform of its own and looking into the current situation the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology under Digital India Programme has decided to build its own secured conferencing app. For this Indian Government has started a competition 'Innovation Challenge for Development of a Video Conferencing Solution under the Digital India Programme' to come up with best possible innovative solution for the video conferencing app that will work on all platforms.


The last date to register for the competition is April 30. The program comprises of three phases. On May 07 teams have to submit their ideas. 10 finalists will be given chance to compete in the further rounds on May 14. Each team will be given ₹5 lac for preparing the prototype. The teams will get a span of one month to prepare their prototypes out of which three teams would be selected in the Mid-June. These final three teams will be given funding ₹20 lac each to build the solution. The final winner will be announced on July 29.

The winning team will be given ₹1 crore for their contribution with support of ₹10 lac per year for next three years. Certain app requirements have been predefined that needs to be kept in mind by the teams while proposing the solution.

4 comments:

  1. The teams will get a span of one month to prepare their prototypes out of which three teams would be selected in the Mid-June. These final three teams will be given funding ₹20 lac each to build the solution. The final winner will be announced on July 29

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  2. hmm you should also share the knowledge about the Messenger Rooms

    Hindi Me Master

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