WhatsApp Announces Privacy Education Partnership

WhatsApp announced a partnership with The Indian School of Public Policy, India’s first programme in the theory and practice of public policy, technology product design and management.

The partnership will bring a series of privacy design workshops co-hosted by TTC Labs to future policymakers. The workshops will kick off on 17th September, 2019 to explore the importance and practice of privacy-centric design to help technology make a positive impact on society.

Will Cathcart, Global Head of WhatsApp was in Mumbai to announce this partnership during a discussion with Indian startups and entrepreneurs hosted at Innov8. During the session, Will discussed how designing products with privacy as a key principle is 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,” said Will Cathcart. “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.”

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.”

Dr. Dan Hayden, TTC Labs Lead, said, “Facebook founded TTC Labs to drive innovation in people-centered 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. 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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