Social media giant Facebook Monday said it has launched a ‘Digital Literacy Library’ offering safety tips for users in six Indian languages as part of its efforts to train 3,00,000 people in the country on digital literacy by the year-end. The library will be available in six local languages namely, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, it added.
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The announcement was made at Facebook’s South Asia Safety Summit here in the presence of Union Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi. Joined by over 70 organisations from five countries, including India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, the event included discussions among experts on a wide range of topics, from safety and technology to keep the most vulnerable people safe when they go online. Facebook also organised a child safety hackathon at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in partnership with Cyber Peace Foundation and Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi. With a focus on developing solutions to help combat child sex trafficking, all prototypes developed at the hackathon are being donated to NGO partners to help them in their work of protecting children. The training is targeted primarily towards women and youth and is being done in collaboration with organisations such as Cyber Peace Foundation, Learning Links Foundation, Internet and Mobile Association of India, Gaon Connection, and Centre for Social Research, to name a few. With more than 200 million young people online in India, the digital library will help them build the skills needed for safely enjoying digital technology.
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