Dharamsala's lad blog on cyber crime wins national award
For victims of cyber crimes like money being withdrawn fraudulently from bank accounts, it often seems like punching in the dark to get re-dressal.
Focusing on this problem, Nitish Chandan (21), a Dharamsala resident, pursuing an integrated graduate course in Bachelor of Technology (BTech, Computer Science) and Bachelor of Cyber Law (LLB cyber law) at the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun, created an online blog in 2014. His creation, aiming to create awareness on the issue, and help people stay safe from cyber crimes has helped him bag the “Cyber Blogger of the Year 2015” for his blog — The Cyber Blog India (www.cyberblogindia.in).
The national award, in its inaugural year, is a brainchild of the home department of the Maharashtra government, the Mumbai Cyber Crime Wing, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and the Asian School of Cyber Laws, Pune.
The award was announced in June this year and Chandan would receive the award on July 28 at the International Conference on Cyber Crime Control in Mumbai. The blog has now been converted into a full-fledged organisation to create cyber awareness and prevent crimes happening online.
A son of Dr Arun Chandan and Mamta Chandan, Nitin will be the first from the hill-state to graduate in Computer Science, Cyber Security and Cyber Law. His team for managing the blog now includes Nitish himself (founder and technical writer) along with Rachiyta Jain (operations & content manager), Ravi Kant and ArpanSinha (technical writers).
The team has, so far, conducted a number of workshops in schools and colleges in Dharamshala, Saharanpur, Dehradun and Rishikesh besides a training workshop on cyber crime investigation for Kangra police officers, recently.
Round the clock helpline
The blog with followers from around 86 nations has over 35,000 views on about 100 posts. Nitish’s team has also launched a round the clock Whatsapp helpline service (+917832085146) for cyber crime help and to share their updates on the go with people who cannot get in sync with the blog, apart from a free android application.