In a major win for privacy, transparency and accountability, Aarogya Setu has made its code open source for the Android client, NITI Ayog CEO Amitabh Kant announced at a press conference today. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh also announced a bug bounty programme for the app that will be hosted on the Innovate platform. The source code is available on GitHub and went live at May 26 midnight, the day of the press conference. Until then, the link shared in the press release showed a 404 error. Details of the bug bounty programme haven't gone live on the Innovate platform yet, but are available on Aarogya Setu's official Twitter page. "All subsequent updates will be made through this repository," Kant said. iOS source code will be made open source in a few days. The source code for the back-end infrastructure will be made open source next week. This means, that cybersecurity and privacy researchers can audit the code and assess it for security and privacy. Kant was accompanied by Principal Scientific Advisor K. Vijay Raghavan, Dr Neeta Verma, the Director General of NIC, and the MEITY Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh will join the conference later. It is significant that the Principal Scientific Advisor was present because he will set up the expert committee that will govern sharing of anonymised data with research institutions as per the Aarogya Setu Data Access and Knowledge Sharing Protocol, 2020 that the IT Ministry had released on May 11. Raghavan compared the…
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