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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

Theatre for safer surfing

Sahil Magoo, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 21, 2013
First Published: 18:10 IST(21/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:07 IST(22/2/2013)

Nowadays, when almost everybody’s connected through social networking, it’s difficult to imagine life without Facebook and Twitter. But there is always the threat of security to one’s private life in these social platforms. In a bid to create awareness about internet safety, a street play competition was organised on Tuesday at Delhi University’s Hindu College.

The event was presented by Data Security Council of India (DSCI) in association with Facebook, Google, Kaspersky and Microsoft as part of their initiative — STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

The competition, which was radio partnered by Fever 104FM, witnessed six street play teams from different colleges across the Capital and nearby areas. In the allotted time of 10 minutes, these young actors put their best foot forward, as they demonstrated issues pertaining to internet safety through their acts. The teams were judged by RJ Sufi from Fever 104FM, Shilpi Marwah — a member of the Asmita Theatre group, and N Madhavan of Hindustan Times. 

Students from Footwear Design & Development Institute (FDDI) presented an act, titled, Journey of a Girl, which dealt with the issue of explicit MMSes. Teams from Noida International University, Sharda University, ABES-IT and Ramanujan College highlighted issues such as fake accounts on social networking sites, how unsafe is internet banking and how personal details should not be provided on online platforms.

The event concluded with the performance of Ibtida, the dramatics society of Hindu College. With their act, titled, Remind Me Later, the students conveyed how important it is to keep your computer protected by updating your anti-virus before its expiry. 

While the teams from Sharda University and Hindu College were declared the joint winners of the event. Jazba, the dramatics society from Ramanujan College, was the runners up of the event. As a part of the campaign, street play competitions will also be held in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore in the coming week.

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