April 2015

Linking Government with Governed

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Gaurav Dwivedi

Gaurav Dwivedi
CEO, MyGov, DeitY, Government of India

MyGov aims to continuously connect people in the discussions pertaining to policy issues. In an interaction with Elets News Network (ENN), Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov, speaks about the primary objectives of the interactive platform

Tell us something about MyGov and the idea behind its launch.

MyGov is an innovative platform to build a partnership between citizens and the government with the help of technology for overall growth and development of India.

The basic idea behind MyGov is that the expertise and talent, which is available within the country in plenty, should be used for various kinds of activities that relate to governance like designing of policies and implementation of programmes, and getting creative inputs from the citizens.

For the very first time in the history of this country, citizens from across India are coming together to share their innovative ideas, thoughts and suggestions with the government in areas related to various policies, programmes, schemes etc. MyGov aims to empower citizens to work hand-inhand with the government.

What new initiatives have been launched on the MyGov platform?

We have conducted a discussion on the issue of internet safety and now we are looking at bringing out guidelines in simple and nontechnical language. It is specifically targeted at children and youth. As we know that the Indian population is using internet for various activities in a big way, it brings a lot of shared information in the public domain.

However, due to lack of understanding and awareness of safety practices, sometimes they may also be exposing themselves to various kinds of dangers. So, we have to educate them to ensure that they do not compromise either with their personal or professional security. We want to educate citizens to ensure secure use of internet.

What sort of threats are challenging the IT ecosystem?

Cyber bullying and stalking are there. Sometimes, people try to extract some information out of you. We are obtaining various suggestions and having internal discussions. Further, we are talking to various ministries concerned of the Government of India. Hopefully, in the next few weeks, we will have very elaborate yet simple to understand guidelines.

How does MyGov educate people about cyber threats?

MyGov is actually a gateway platform. Therefore, it allows a space where people can share information or their ideas. Once we have got their creative inputs, we publish it on MyGov website.

Do these types of forums help in curtailing the menace?

Well, awareness is something that you can never have too much of. So, there are certain ways of spreading awareness that we have been devising. We have regular interactions with citizens and ministries through the same platform.

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