Facebook has launched the Digital Literacy Library at the South Asia Safety Summit in New Delhi, to help train people in India about “digital safety”, in six Indian languages that are Bengali, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu. Maneka Gandhi, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development was in attendance.
Global Head for Safety at Facebook, Antigone Davis spoke about this initiative, saying, “The launch of the Digital Literacy Library, the child safety hackathon and several offline training programmes we run in partnership with local experts, reaffirm our seriousness in combating online abuse. We expect to train 300,000 people by end of 2018, and we will multiply these efforts in times to come. The trainings are targeted primarily towards women and youth and are being done in collaboration with organizations 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.” The hackathon he referred to was another Facebook initiative launched in partnership with the Cyber Peace Foundation and Department of Management Studies, at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi.
The summit saw participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka represented by at least 70 organizations from these countries. There were many experts on hand to lead discussions on topics that ranged from technology that could be used to enhance the safety of those who went online, to several other ways in which people going online could protect themselves.