Ministry, C-DAC Launches Open Challenge To Create Made-in-India Web Browser with Crypto Token for Digital Sign.

[UPDATED : 18 August 2023]

On Wednesday, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) had launched the Indian Web Browser Development Challenge (IWBDC), which will be spearheaded by MeitY, Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) and C-DAC Bangalore.

The Indian Web Browser Development Challenge is an Open Challenge Competition that is open to all technology enthusiasts, innovators, and developers from all corners of the country to create an Indigenous "Made in India" web browser with its own trust store with an inbuilt CCA India root certificate, cutting edge functionalities and enhanced security & data privacy protection features.

Differing from other browsers available to use, the proposed home-made web-browser would also focus on accessibility and user friendliness, ensuring built-in support for individuals with diverse abilities. Moreover, the browser envisions the ability to digitally sign documents using a crypto token, bolstering secure transactions and digital interactions.

Speaking during the launch event, Sunita Verma, Scientist G & GC (R&D in Electronics & IT) conveyed the message of Shri Alkesh Kumar Sharma, Secretary, MeitY that this challenge marks a significant stride towards an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, designed to strengthen India’s digital sovereignty through the development of the Indian Web Browser.

According to Arvind Kumar, CCA, the crucial role played by CCA in ensuring the trustworthiness and security of digital certificates issued in India and help create a robust PKI infrastructure, enabling secure electronic transactions across the country. However, for SSL certificates, the country has been dependent for SSL certifies issued by Roots of Foreign entities.

Initialising to develop its Own Browser with inbuilt India Root Certificate (by CCA) would help overcoming this challenge. India has moved a step ahead for making the country Internet Resilient which refers to a country’s ability to withstand and recover from various disruptions and threats that may impact its internet infrastructure and connectivity.

Anybody can take part in this challenge and submit idea. There will be three rounds in the whole challenge, after first round i.e. in ideation round 18 entries would be selected.

In the second round 8 participants would be shortlisted to enter into final round. Finally one winner, first runner up and second runner-up would be selected. Throughout the challenge technical mentorship would be provided.

Out of the total prize pool of Rs. 3.41 crore, winner would be facilitate with Rs. One crore. The winner would also be supported further to take the developed browser to next levels.

In order to enter the challenge, please check eligibility criteria and then register here

The open challenge launch programme was participated by more than 200 participants from government departments, industry, start-up and academia through on-line and off-line mode. A panel discussion was also organized wherein the queries of the participants were answered by MeitY, CCA and C-DAC officials.

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