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India Unveils Native Web Browser Fueled by Crypto Tokens

India to launch a crypto token-powered web browser with aims to strengthen digital sovereignty and security

Shashank Bhardwaj
Published: Aug 13, 2023 11:03:40 PM IST

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In a bid to enhance digital transactions and strengthen its digital sovereignty, India is embarking on an ambitious project to develop a native web browser integrated with crypto token capabilities. The initiative, spearheaded by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, aims to inspire and empower developers nationwide to create an indigenous browser equipped with advanced security features.

The Ministry launched the Indian Web Browser Development Challenge (IWBDC) on August 9, which aims to inspire and involve tech enthusiasts and developers nationwide. The main goal is to develop a web browser that smoothly incorporates a built-in Controller of Certifying Authorities (CCA) India root certificate, guaranteeing high-level security standards. This initiative stands out for its distinct capability of enabling the digital signing of documents through crypto tokens, thereby simplifying online transactions and interactions.

The competition is designed in three phases, progressively narrowing down the participants. Ultimately, the winner will be rewarded with a substantial prize of 34 million Indian rupees (around $411,000) and will receive additional government support to enhance the browser's functionality.

This initiative aligns seamlessly with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of a self-reliant India, encapsulated in the term "Atma Nirbhar Bharat." The project's significance goes beyond the domestic realm. By integrating India root certificate into the web browser, the nation aims to reduce its dependence on foreign-issued Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates, enhancing its internet resilience.

Sunita Verma, Scientist G and GC (R&D in Electronics & IT) highlighted the pivotal role of technology and indigenous innovation in India's journey toward self-reliance and digital empowerment. The competition welcomes diverse participants, including academia, industry leaders, developers, startups, and individual entrepreneurs.

India's foray into a crypto token-powered web browser reflects its progressive stance on technology adoption and digital transformation. This groundbreaking initiative promises heightened digital security and underscores India's commitment to leveraging technology for its growth and development. 

As the country takes bold strides in the digital age, integrating crypto tokens into its web browser could reshape online transactions, paving the way for a more secure and empowered digital future. 

Shashank is the founder of yMedia. He ventured into crypto in 2013 and is an ETH maximalist. Twitter: @bhardwajshash

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