Leading up to the 2019 General Elections, WhatsApp and NASSCOM Foundation — the social arm of the industry body, National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) – have come together to impart digital literacy training to help tackle the challenge of misinformation. This partnership aims to reach approximately 100,000 Indians with training to spot false information and provide tips & tricks to stay safe on WhatsApp.
The co-created curriculum encourages people to be mindful about forwarding rumours. The training will include real-world anecdotes, tools that can be used to verify a forward and actions users can take like reporting problematic content to fact checkers and Law Enforcement. The curriculum will be disseminated in multiple regional languages to address the diversity of India.
The first training will be on 27th March in Delhi with volunteers followed by many more planned interventions like hosting training workshops for representatives from rural and urban along with roadshows across numerous colleges. NASSCOM Foundation will activate its large volunteer base to 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 partnership will strive to make sure that the connected citizens – especially first-time digital users that are trained at the Foundation’s centres become more resilient against sharing of misinformation.―Deccan Chronicle