Google has a secure-by-default approach to technology, focusing on built-in security measures to protect users from suspicious emails and spam sites. They recognize that creating a safer internet for everyone is a collective effort and have been collaborating with policymakers, NGOs, and community partners in the Asia-Pacific region on online safety initiatives over the past 12 months.
In India, Google launched the DigiKavach program to combat online financial fraud at scale by analyzing scammer tactics and collaborating with industry experts. Google.org also supported the CyberPeace Foundation with a grant of US$4 million for a four-year nationwide awareness-building program and a multilingual digital resource hub to help nearly 40 million underserved individuals learn about and protect themselves against misinformation.
In Singapore, Google supported Project PRAISE, an initiative with RSVP Singapore and the Singapore Police Force, which trains volunteers to raise awareness of scams among seniors. Seniors are considered particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks, and the workshops aim to educate and protect them from falling victim to scams.
In Hong Kong, Google supported the Be a Smarter Digital Citizen program run by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service, which aims to improve students’ digital literacy and online safety awareness. Google shared practical tips for securing online accounts, such as 2-step verification, safer search experiences with SafeSearch and Safe Browsing, and AI-enabled anti-phishing features across Gmail and Chrome.
Google’s focus on collaborating with various organizations and initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region demonstrates their commitment to promoting online safety and digital literacy. By working with policymakers, NGOs, and community partners, Google aims to protect users from online scams and create a safer internet for everyone. Their support for programs and initiatives targeting vulnerable populations, such as seniors and underserved individuals, shows a dedication to ensuring that all users have the knowledge and resources to protect themselves from online threats.