WhatsApp on Wednesday, July 25, 2019 announced a partnership with the Indian School of Public Policy, which is India’s first programme in the theory and practice of public policy, technology product design and management.
The Facebook-owned social media app said that partnership would bring a series of privacy design workshops, co-hosted by TTC Labs, to future policy makers. The workshops will kick off on September 17, 2019 in India and they will explore the importance and practice of privacy-centric design to help technology make a positive impact on society.
The announcement regarding the partnership was made by WhatsApp’s global head, Will Cathcart, who was in Mumbai today to attend the Innov8 event, during which he discussed how designing products with privacy as a key principle was critical for building successful consumer and business products.
“WhatsApp was built to help people stay in touch with friends and family as well as connect with businesses. Because people share some of their most personal needs and moments on WhatsApp, we’re committed to helping people in India have private conversations with others that matter to them,” Cathcart said in a statement.
“We believe our partnership with Indian School of Public Policy will help future policy makers understand that designing products with privacy as a core tenet helps deliver the fundamental right to privacy people should have in today’s digital world,” he added.
“We are glad to be partnering with WhatsApp and TTC Labs to help our students better understand privacy centric product design so they can help create a robust policy ecosystem that creates positive impact for India,” Luis Miranda, Founder Director of Indian School of Public Policy said on the occassion.
Notably, this is Cathcart’s maiden visit to India after he assumed the role of WhatsApp’s global head earlier this year. He will be attending a special event hosted by WhatsApp in New Delhi tomorrow wherein he is expected to talk about digital inclusion. In addition to this, the Cathcart is also expected to meet with the officials from RBBI, the IT Ministry and the NPCI.