New Delhi: Aiming to promote digital literacy and e-governance technology, media brand Digit has launched a multilingual app, Tech Tips, for the rapidly growing number of smartphone users in India, a statement here said on Saturday.
Tech Tips is designed as a one-stop app, to aid all smartphone users in understanding technology in quick, easy steps and use their smartphones for multiple purposes beyond just calls, internet browsing and watching videos or listening to music.
Tech Tips is available, free of cost on Google Play and Windows marketplace.
It is available in six languages – Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and English.
“With the government planning to put governance in the palm of people, smartphone literacy will be critical to access different services. Tech Tips will ensure that language and education do not constraint the use of smartphones,” Vikas Gupta, publisher, Digit said.
As part of the partnership, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation will train nearly 1,00,000 Indians to spot false information and provide tips and tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
The co-created curriculum, which includes real-world anecdote tools that can be used to verify a forwarded message and actions that users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and other law enforcement agencies, will be disseminated in multiple regional languages.
“We are excited to expand our partnerships with civil society to advance crucial digital literacy skills that can help combat misinformation share on WhatsApp,” Abhijit Bose, Head of India, WhatsApp, said in a statement.
“This training educates people throughout India to be mindful of the messages they receive and to verify the facts before forwarding,” he added.
The training will be imparted by volunteers from NASSCOM Foundation who will launch the “each one teach three” campaign that mandates every volunteer to share their learnings with three more persons leading to a network effect.
These volunteers will post their takeaways from the workshops on their social media handles to increase the reach of these safety messages.
The first training will be on March 27 in Delhi and will be followed by more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban areas along with roadshows across numerous colleges.
“The use of technology platforms like WhatsApp are inherently meant to foster social good, harmony, and collaboration, but are sadly being used by a small number of miscreants to entice anger and hatred by spreading false and doctored information,” Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said.