Unveiling India's Bold Step: Introducing the Atmanirbhar Browser Initiative

Unveiling India’s Bold Step: Introducing the Atmanirbhar Browser Initiative

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The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has launched the Indian Web Browser Development Challenge, an endeavour to support locally built web browsers that will compete with products like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.

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The main goal of this challenge is to develop an indigenous web browser with an integrated Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) India root certificate for use on a global scale.

The competition was introduced in New Delhi by Arvind Kumar, the Controller of Certifying Authorities, who emphasised its relevance as India begins a new journey to create its own web browser.

As the nation with the highest economic growth in the world, India should stop using foreign browsers and lessen its dependency on foreign technologies, according to Kumar. The suggested browser will follow international guidelines and help to protect user information.

The initiative is supported by S D Sudarshan, Executive Director of C-DAC, who claims that it will boost public confidence and give entrepreneurs a new platform to advance the country.

He emphasized the challenge’s openness and predicted that it will provide the best results. The open challenge competition is sponsored by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), which aims to encourage the creation of an Indian web browser. This browser will have crucial security measures, plugin interfaces, and the most recent industry-standard technology. It will be optimized for popular devices and platforms.

The government has set aside 3.4 crore rupees in cash as a reward for programmers who successfully design an indigenous browser. According to the Ministry, the top authority for digital signatures in the nation is India’s Controller of Certifying Authorities, which the browser must trust.

Indian IT startups, MSMEs, companies, and LLPs that are registered under the Companies Act 2013 are all eligible to participate in the competition. The applying entity cannot be a subsidiary of any foreign corporation and must have at least 51 percent of its shares owned by Indian citizens or people of Indian ancestry.

According to a Moneycontrol story, the government sees this project as a way to increase its negotiating power with well-known US browsers like Google and Mozilla Firefox, and to persuade them to add the country’s web security certification authority to their “trust stores.”

The trust store, also known as the root store, of a browser contains a list of certification authority whose certificates are regarded as reliable. In their root stores, popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox do not yet have India’s approved certifying body.

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By the end of 2024, the government expects to have completed the development and introduction of domestic web browsers. It has invited domestic entrepreneurs, academic institutions, and businesses to participate in the program and will support the selected concepts all the way through the development process. “The government will also play a role in facilitating the acceptance of domestic web browsers,” a different government official said. These browsers must to incorporate native features like support for Indian languages in addition to adhering to Web3 standards and enabling digital signatures through cryptographic tokens.

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