'India has released the source code of its contact-tracing app,
Aarogya Setu, to the relief of privacy and security experts who have
been advocating for this ever since the app launched in early April.
From a report:
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology Secretary Ajay
Prakash Sawhney made the announcement on Tuesday, dubbing the move
"opening the heart" of the Aarogya Setu app to allow engineers to
inspect and tinker with the code. The app has amassed over 114 million
users in less than two months -- an unprecedented scale globally. The
source code of Aarogya Setu's Android app is live on GitHub with code
of iOS and KaiOS apps slated to release in a "few weeks." Nearly 98%
of the app's users are on the Android platform. Sawhney said the
government will also offer cash prizes of up to $1,325 to security
experts for identifying and reporting bugs and vulnerabilities.
"Open-sourcing Aarogya Setu is a unique feat for India. No other
government product anywhere in the world has been open-sourced at this
scale," said Amitabh Kant, chief executive of government-run
think-tank NITI Aayog, in a press conference today.'
-- source: https://news.slashdot.org/story/20/05/26/1954212
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