From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :
Prelims level : GIMS
Mains level : Cyber Security
The government is testing a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, for secure internal use.
Government Instant Messaging System
- Codenamed GIMS the platform is in the pilot testing stage across some states, including Odisha — and is learnt to have been released to the Indian Navy to be tried out on trial basis.
- It is designed and developed by the Kerala unit of National Informatics Centre (NIC).
- It is being packaged for employees of Central and state government departments and organisations for intra and inter-organisation communications.
- Besides one-to-one messaging and group messaging, there are specific provisions in GIMS for documents and media sharing in keeping with the hierarchies in the government system.
Why need GIMS?
- It is being developed as a secure Indian alternative without the security concerns attached with apps hosted abroad or those owned by foreign entities.
- Like WhatsApp, GIMS employs end-to-end encryption for one-to-one messaging.
- The launch of the new app comes amid the recent controversy over the WhatsApp breach through a spyware called Pegasus.