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Meghalaya Police wraps up month-long Cyberpeace Awareness Campaign

SHILLONG: Meghalaya Police, in collaboration with CyberPeace Foundation (CPF), an award-winning grass root NGO and think tank of cybersecurity and policy experts, wrapped up the month-long CyberPeace Awareness Campaign on the 15th March, 2021 through a virtual programme.

In the webinar which was attended by students of various schools and colleges, a video message of Conrad K. Sangma emphasizing upon the need to educate the youth, on how to battle the threats that the online world possesses, was shown.

The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Meghalaya also enunciated on the need to ensure digital wellbeing and on the importance of understanding the different types of Cybercrimes.

Senior police officials who addressed the participants of the webinar were R. Chandranathan, IPS Director General of Police Meghalaya, I. Nongrang, IPS, Addl. Director General of Police (L&O/TAP), and V. Singh, IPS Spl. Superintendent of Police (CID). Capt. Vineet Kumar, Founder and President, CyberPeace Foundation, declared the winners of the Brain Olympics and Jingle Competition.

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The campaign which was designed to promote cyber safety awareness through webinars also included a survey that focused primarily on identifying online threats that people are exposed to and their understanding of internet usage and technology.

Through the survey, it was found that about 68% of the respondents were aware that they could file a case under the Information Technology Act, 2000 but only 12% of the respondents stated that they have ever reported to the police when exposed to cybercrime while 40% of the participants chose to do nothing about it.

Out of the total participants in the survey, 23% of the respondents were not aware of the provisions of laws which could assist them in seeking Redressal against a cybercrime.

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