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Haptik and Akancha launch a unique Chatbot against cyber harassment

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jan 5, 2018, 5:44 pm IST
Updated Jan 5, 2018, 5:44 pm IST
India has an estimated 250 million social network users in 2017. This base is projected to grow to over 336.7 million in next three years.
The internet, in any case, is all-pervasive in our lives today. It’s a part of our daily lives right from engaging with our loved ones to hailing a cab or ordering groceries. Technology has made inroads into almost everything we do.
 The internet, in any case, is all-pervasive in our lives today. It’s a part of our daily lives right from engaging with our loved ones to hailing a cab or ordering groceries. Technology has made inroads into almost everything we do.

Haptik has collaborated with Akancha to create a free chatbot that will educate people about cyber safety and will also share information on the right processes and basic rights with them.

India has an estimated 250 million social network users in 2017. This base is projected to grow to over 336.7 million in next three years. The internet, in any case, is all-pervasive in our lives today. It’s a part of our daily lives right from engaging with our loved ones to hailing a cab or ordering groceries. Technology has made inroads into almost everything we do.

 

With this rapid growth, there are also certain obvious and several underlying problems that will need to be tackled; the biggest one being that of Cyber Harassment.

AAH has two objectives -

  • Educate and empower people with cyber safety
  • Build a bridge between victims/the general public & authorities

What will the Haptik powered chatbot do?

  • Give basic information with regards to cyber safety
  • Inform people about upcoming workshops

Uttar Pradesh has a Women Power Line- 1090. This anti stalking helpline for women and children has handled about 1.5 crore calls in last 4 years and successfully closed over 98 per cent complaints.

In their collaboration with AAH, any serious complaints from Uttar Pradesh triggered on chatbot will immediately get shared with the senior police officers of the state. They will then address the same at local level. This helps build a ecosystem for AAH chatbot. AAH is working with several other state law enforcement authorities to extend this circle of support.

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