(BY: – RAJESHWARI PATIDAR)
Technology has brought with it advancements which has made our lives easier. Along with the benefits there is a stumbling block on the way named “cyber crime”. Education and technology have been going hand in hand which has led to the advancements in crime. Youths indulge in criminal behavior and practice abusing the cyber resources to transformation of information gathered through cyber technology. These conditions are termed as cyber crime. So there are a wide range of criminal activities that are committed through internet. The cybercrime today is the latest and perhaps the most complicated problem in the cyber world.
The level of cyber crime awareness varies from one individual to another on the basis of their environmental situations. Urban people have high level of cybercrime awareness as compared to rural people. The cause may be that urban people have more facilities to use technology i.e. computer, internet etc. as compared rural people. So urban people have more knowledge and awareness about the crime related technology and have more exposure to media.
It is very miserable that cybercrime has become a social phenomenon in the present day. So the need of the hour is to check this phenomenon from different levels. Here lies the important role of the family, parents, community, public, N.G.Os., clubs, organizations and government. The NGOs can play a very crucial role in escalating awareness related to cyber crime. They can propagate the ways to deal with this social phenomenon to the community. It is high time for our people to rethink on the ways they adopt for social concerns and issues. We should make more effective efforts to aware people about cybercrime by organizing seminars, debates on illegal activities committed through internet, so that we become aware of it and use internet more effectively in all aspects.
FEW NGOS WORKING TO ERADICATE CYBER CRIME
- Cyber Peace Foundation (CPF):- Started in 2013 as a grassroots civil society body, Cyber Peace Foundation is among the rare organizations working in the domain of promoting cyber peace and building trust in technology and the internet. They are supported by many like-minded individuals, volunteers, state and non-state organizations and their passionate team. They work globally on multi-stakeholder initiatives with industries, government agencies and regulatory bodies promoting self-regulation to build collective resilience against cybercrimes & global threats of cyber warfare. Not just that, they work on all the issues that surround or affect the global digital spectrum. It is an award-winning civil society organization, think tank of cyber security and policy experts with the vision of pioneering Cyber Peace Initiatives to build collective resiliency against cyber crimes & global threats of cyber warfare. Cyber Peace Foundation is involved in Policy Advocacy, Research and Training related to all aspects of Cyber Peace and Cyber Security. Key areas of Cyber Peace Foundation work are in Technology Governance, Policy Review and Advocacy, Capacity and Capability creation and building through partnerships with various government organizations, academic institutions and civil society entities.
- E-protect foundation: – e-Protect Foundation, Uttarakhand, is the Community for Cyber Crime Prevention and Justice for Women. Generally the State Police department has a specialized unit that handles all complex and sensitive cases of cyber crime including those in which victims are women and children. We are a connecting bridge between the victims/complaint and the Law enforcement. The mission of the eProtect Foundation is to serve as a one-stop shop for FREE cyber-related information for local, state and tribal law enforcement. The design and content contained on the site is developed to help law enforcement executives, their agencies, and their partners protect against, respond to, and recover from cyber threats and cyber crime by providing a clearinghouse of cyber-related information.
- ITEE CYBER WELFARE SOCIETY INDIA:- India First Cyber Welfare Society Initiative of Shakeel Anjum .To Generate Cyber crime law & InfoSec Awareness. When a young Cyber Security expert realized that the cyber space is not safe for its users, he contacted various people and formed a Cyber Welfare Society of India. The team started the first Cyber Welfare Society of India in Indore, a city of Madhya Pradesh State. With the help of various experts and advisors, this first Indian Cyber welfare Society will be helping women and be given tips and advices on ‘how to tackle cyber crimes’.
ROLE OF NGOS IN CYBER CRIME AWRENESS
Every minute, on an average, nearly 80 people in India fall prey to some form of cyber crime and the awareness initiatives in place to prevent them are not enough.
Mr. Rosaiah was quoting statistics from a Norton-Symantec study on internal security in our country as part of his address at the 10 anniversary celebrations of Cyber Society of India, an NGO working for awareness on cyber security, held in T Nagar.
Further quoting the study, the Governor added that, across the globe, India tops in cases of spam attacks, and stands third in cases of computer virus attacks and overall cyber threats. “In such a scenario, NGOs like Cyber Society of India have a greater role to play to create awareness among people on the nuances of cyber crimes and the deep impact it can cause,” Mr. Rosaiah added.
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