2:15 p.m.: Starting today, the game and the show will be available in English and Hindi. Google is also collaborating with Tinkle and Amar Chitra Katha to teach young people bottom-up internet safety. That concludes today’s discussion. See you soon! 2:10 p.m.: Sapna Chadha, Senior Director of Marketing for Google India and SEA, announces the launch of a safety education campaign in India aimed at new internet users. She announces the availability of Google Safety Center in five Indian languages, with three more to follow soon. The My Activity view will be included in Center to help users understand and act on their activities. She also launches “Be Internet Awesome”, a program to increase internet awareness and digital usage.
2:03 p.m.: Google is now showing how so many people understand privacy and security, which isn’t quite the most accurate representation of the reality on the ground. It also uses these people to establish that the responsibility for privacy and security is equally shared between companies and users. It is a more accurate representation of the ideal. Now, Sameer Samat, VP of Product Management for Android and Google Play, announces built-in privacy and security features for its upcoming JioPhone Next – in association with Reliance Jio.
2:07 p.m.: Dave Kleidermacher, VP of Engineering for Android Privacy and Security, now talks about Android’s privacy and security efforts. He starts with the privacy features of Android 12, which Google already demonstrated at Google I/O 2021. He states that Google is actively developing Play support teams in India, to provide better support and help users troubleshoot queries and scams. He also states that Google will support Indian developers to build privacy and security features to be integrated into Android.
1:55 p.m.: Canegallo details how Google has taken measures such as enforcing safe search by default in services such as Google Search and YouTube, for underage users, to protect their internet use. She further details how Google uses machine learning to better detect fraud to protect all users, and talks about (self-regulating) policies on their tools and services. She highlights how openly posting its policies helps users around the world validate it, and therefore helps Google establish best practices for everyone, despite the diversity of users across India.
1:40 pm: The event is launched, with the amusing interlude of Jose Covaco giving way to a speech on the opening and the foundation of the Internet by Vint Cerf himself, one of the founding fathers of the Internet. Cerf details the benefits and risks of the internet, and why keeping the internet safe and private is essential. It is, in a way, also widely acknowledging that the internet is far from safe for everyone right now.
1:50 p.m.: Sanjay Gupta, Country Manager and Vice President of Google India, now addresses the stream. He says Google is now an Indian-first company, with services designed for more than 600 million Indians online now meeting the needs of global users, in various markets. “Google treats user data with the utmost responsibility,” says Gupta. He talks about equal internet access for all, acknowledging that users across India have “different levels of digital maturity”. Now, Kristie Canegallo, vice president of trust and safety at Google, speaks to Debjani Ghosh, president of NASSCOM.
Google is set to hold a Google for India event in a while, dubbed Safer With Google, where the company could talk about its security initiatives designed for India. Although the list of expectations is not known at this time, rumors suggest that Google may unveil India-specific security and privacy features for popular platforms such as Chrome and Android. Given the ubiquitous presence of Android across India, it’s easy to think why Google would treat the Indian market with increasing importance. Besides already being a key market, India also presents one of the largest areas of growth for Google.
With unique use cases for India, Google can announce a wide variety of security features. These may include personal security using Google’s location and connectivity services. The Company may also market privacy services tailored to India by offering its privacy services in Indian vernaculars. Google has placed considerable emphasis on building its presence in India, and the latest Google for India event should reflect this. In recent editions, Google has largely focused on promoting digital finance, vernacular communications, and showcased its technologies for sectors such as healthcare and agriculture. For a quick background read, here’s a look at some of the global steps Google has taken with Android and Chrome, ahead of the Safer With Google 2021 event.
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- Be Awesome On The Internet: 8 Indian Language Safety Centers Announced
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