Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has today announced a partnership with The Indian School of Public Policy, which is the country’s first school that has a programme that blends theory and practice of public policy, technology product design and management.
With this partnership, the two will be bringing a series of privacy design workshops that will be co-hosted by TTC Labs to future policymakers. These workshops are all set to kick off on September 17 this year and are meant to “explore the importance and practice of privacy-centric design to help technology make a positive impact on society.”
The partnership between WhatsApp and The Indian School of Public Policy was announced by the instant messaging app’s Global Head, Will Cathcart. Cathcart was in Mumbai when he made the announcement and he also participated in Innov8 for a discussion with Indian startups and entrepreneurs. During the session, he also spoke about why privacy should be a key principle when designing a product as it is critical for building successful consumer and business products.
Cathcart said, “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. We believe our partnership with Indian School of Public Policy will help future policymakers 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.”
Speaking on the partnership, Luis Miranda, Founder Director of Indian School of Public Policy said, “The changing Indian landscape will require leaders who can tackle its unique problems and begin to formulate creative solutions for the future. At ISPP, our vision is to cultivate such leadership in India. 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.”
“Facebook founded TTC Labs to drive innovation in people-centred approaches to privacy and data. Companies, governments and academic institutions around the world are seeing the value of applying innovative design-led approaches to pressing policy challenges, said Dr Dan Hayden, TTC Labs Lead. “We’re delighted to partner with Indian School of Public Policy and support their work to train the next generation of innovative policy leaders.”
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