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Cyber volunteer plan

Topics Covered: Cyber security related issues.

Cyber volunteer plan:


The Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF), a digital liberties organisation, has written to the Ministry of Home Affairs that the Cyber Volunteer scheme will lead to a “culture of surveillance and constant suspicion in society creating potential social distrust”.

What are the concerns?

IFF said there is no information on how the Ministry will ensure that scheme is not misused to extract misguided personal or political vendettas. There is also no process in place for withdrawal of complaints once submitted.

About the Cyber Volunteer Scheme:

The Ministry of Home Affairs’s “cybercrime volunteers” plan targets to rope in around 500 persons to flag unlawful content on the Internet for “improvement in the cybercrime ecosystem of India”.

  • The programme will include 200 “cyber awareness promoters” and 50 “cyber experts”.
  • The project is known as Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C). It was started in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir last week where the police issued a circular asking citizens to register themselves as volunteers.

The volunteers are barred from issuing any public statement about their association with this program and are also “strictly prohibited” from using the name of Ministry of Home Affairs or claim to have an association with the ministry on any social media or public platform.


Prelims Link:

  1. About I4C.
  2. Who are Cyber Volunteers?
  3. Roles and responsibilities.

Mains Link:

Who are Cyber Volunteers? Discuss the Concerns associated with their roles and functions.

Sources: the Hindu.