Truecaller, a communications platform, in collaboration with CyberPeace Foundation, a nonpartisan civil society organization, held its first training in Karnataka as part of the ongoing national #TrueCyberSafe campaign. The training focused on raising awareness of cybercrime and building capacity to safely navigate digital communications. Pramila Naidu, Chairwoman of the State Commission for Women and Chairperson-Rajya Mahila Ayoga, Karnataka, BS Angadi, KSPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime 2, Bengaluru, as well as Pragya of Truecaller and Purnendu Singh of CyberPeace Foundation spoke at the event which was attended by students, faculty from various universities, police and other inmates at the BMS College of Engineering.
The campaign has already reached nearly three lakh Indians so far through impactful training sessions in the North Eastern region and New Delhi. Through these awareness sessions, attendees learn about recent cyber scams and frauds, the security measures people can take, and the reporting mechanisms available in Truecaller and others that allow competent authorities like the police to take action.
Honoring the event with her presence, Pramila Naidu, Chairperson of the State Commission for Women and President Rajya Mahila Ayoga, Karnataka, said: “The primary responsibility of the Commission is to protect the rights of women and to work proactive way to improve the safety and security of women in Karnataka. Traditionally, we mainly dealt with cases of physical violence, such as domestic violence and acid attacks. However, we have recently seen that cases of digital fraud and online harassment are also increasing. While there have been many benefits of increased access to smartphones and technology for women, it has also exposed them to new and old harms in the digital space. However, my message here would be to emphasize that the Commission is prepared and that we are here to raise awareness and provide support and protection to women. I’m grateful that Truecaller and CPF have taken this initiative to build capacity on this issue, and I’m sure it will help anyone who joins the #TrueCyberSafe campaign to access and interact with digital spaces in a safe and secure way. .
BS Angadi, KSPS, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime 2, Bengaluru, said, “As a state with the technology capital of India, Karnataka has the highest recorded cyber crime rate in India. One of the main reasons for this is that we have made it easier for citizens to report cyber crimes in Karnataka. Dedicated cyber crime police stations have been established in every district and citizens of Karnataka can directly report cyber crimes to the 112 hotline. complaints by citizens and is also being considered for implementation in other states. We are aware of the threat posed by cybercriminals and work proactively to prevent online fraud and harassment. In this context, I would like to commend Truecaller and CPF for taking this initiative and helping to educate citizens on how to have a safe digital experience.
Addressing the dignitaries and the public, BMSCE Director Dr S Muralidhara said, “In today’s world when the internet is developing rapidly and everyone is online all the time , people often ignore their safety. Our contact details are very susceptible to falling into the wrong hands and making people vulnerable online. Often, we users get unwanted calls and messages which leads gullible audience to get tricked by cyber criminals. To educate everyone, we are happy and honored to share that CyberPeace Foundation and TrueCaller have teamed up to launch the #TrueCyberSafe campaign at BMS College of Engineering Bengaluru. I would ask all students, teachers, staff to be part of this initiative and spread the message of the campaign in their family circles, to give people the knowledge and tools to be safe online.
Pragya Misra, Director of Public Affairs at Truecaller, said, “Almost all activities of our daily lives, whether social, economic, educational, overlap in digital spaces. The internet and the use of technology offer immense benefits, but they lend themselves to challenges such as spam and fraud that we need to protect ourselves from. At Truecaller, security continues to be a top priority and we are constantly working to build trust in phone and text communication by making it safe. With the TrueCyberSafe initiative, we are expanding the scope of our efforts to raise cyber fraud awareness and build user capacity on how people can stay safe while communicating. We are happy to bring this national campaign to Karnataka, and I hope that with the efforts of the government and the police, we will be able to make communication safer for more Indians.
Speaking about CyberPeace-The Need of the Hour, Purnendu Singh, Director of Operations and Strategy, CyberPeace Foundation said, “#TrueCyberSafe is a monumental initiative to eradicate the threat of cybercrime from cyberspace, sowing the fruitful seeds awareness and knowledge among people. Raising awareness among children and the elderly is essential because they are the most vulnerable. Therefore, protecting young people will in turn protect future generations. CyberPeace Foundation in collaboration with various companies and government agencies has launched various projects to enhance online safety, some of these projects are- E-Raksha, E-Shakti, E-Saksham, Safety Track and various hackathons, so today today with the #TrueCyberSafe Campaign, we are more effectively consolidating our approach to the war on cybercrime. Stay CyberSafe!! Stay Cyber Secure!! »