The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology made the announcement on Tuesday. The source code of Aarogya Setu has been published on GitHub. The government hopes to get collaboration support from developers and tech experts in the country. The source code of Aarogya Setu’s Android app is now available on GitHub. The code of iOS and KaiOS apps will be released in the coming few weeks.
Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said, “I just want to point out that this is a very very unique thing to be done. No other government product anywhere in the world has been open sourced at this scale anywhere in the world.”
In the press release, Niti Aayog CEO also highlighted that the app has helped more than 1.4 lakh citizens by alerting them about the potential risk of the Covid-19 infection using intrinsic contact tracing technology.
The contact tracing app has clocked 11.5 crore registered users within 41 days of its launch in April. National Informatics Center (NIC) has also announced a bug bounty program to reward the researchers that find flaws in the app.
The bug bounty program hosted by MyGov team will help security researchers avail Rs 1 lakh worth bug bounty for reporting security vulnerabilities. There will be an additional bounty of Rs 1 lakh for suggesting code improvements.
The decision to open source will help in improving the user trust and security. The app’s infrastructure is not truly open source yet. The development team has assured that it will release the server code in the coming weeks.