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Bangladesh launches Boithok to replace Zoom

Staff Correspondent

27 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh has launched video conferencing app titled ‘Boithok’ with end-to-end encryption to secure the local data amid growing trends of international players like Zoom, Google Meet or Microsoft Teams software.

ICT Division handed over the beta (trial) version of the software to the foreign ministry on Sunday while prime ministers’ office, cabinet division and other ministries are also in pipeline to take the locally developed service.

Initially, the government will use the software in inter-ministerial activities, while the final version of Boithok will be make public ‘soon’ after incorporating the user experiences, according to the officials.

Foreign Minister AKM Abdul Momen was the chief guest while State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak was special guest at the meeting held virtually. Foreign Ministry Senior Secretary Masud Bin Momen and Bangladesh Computer Council Executive Director Parthapratim Deb were also connected to the meeting chaired by ICT Division Senior Secretary NM Zeaul Alam.      

The main feature of the software is transmission of encrypted data between device and server. So there is no option to tap the recordings over the platform.

Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said that the software (Boithok) has set an example for technology industry in the country while the data privacy becomes a major concern ahead of fourth industrial revolutions.

Emphasising on data security, he further said that the locally developed platform will help the government to lead the activities maintaining privacy of local data.

State Minister Zunaid Ahmed Palak mentioned that the data transmitted through the video conferencing app is fully secured as the platform is hosted at national data centre.

“Boithok is now running in the beta version. The final version will come after receiving feedback of user experiences from the beta version,” he said.