India Aarogya Setu iOS Version Gets Open Sourced

Aarogya Setu iOS code has been released over two and a half months after NITI Aayog open sourced…
India Aarogya Setu iOS Version Gets Open Sourced

Aarogya Setu iOS code has been released over two and a half months after NITI Aayog open sourced its Android version.

The move comes just over two months after the government open sourced the code for the app’s Android version. 

The source code has been provided on OpenForge, the government’s equivalent to GitHub.

While the government open sourced the code on 10 August, the announcement was made today on app’s official Twitter handle.

Open sourcing the code for an app allows developers to take a closer look at how the app functions. They can also find bugs in the system and report the same to the creator.

The Indian government had also announced a bug bounty programme worth ₹1 lakh, for those who can successfully find bugs in the code and report them. The winners of the Android bug bounty program will be announced soon.

Developers have criticised the Indian government for how it has handled open sourcing the code for its app. Some have said the government isn’t uploading the code for updated versions of the Android app fast enough, while others have criticised them for not making the server side of the code publicly available. Keeping the server side code private means developers can’t tell how the data collected by the app is used in the backend.

The Aarogya Setu app currently has 15 crore users, according to numbers shared by the government on its Twitter account. While its download numbers have ramped up fast, the government has so far never disclosed how many monthly or daily active users the app has. These numbers typically used to gauge whether users are using an application.

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