Govt's video conferencing platform 'Boithok' wants to replace Zoom
Bangladesh's first homegrown video conferencing platform – Boithok is now available globally, according to a press handout. The press release claims it to be "Bangladesh government's own online video conferencing platform."
Bangladesh Computer Council's BGD e-GOV CIRT developed Boithok to reduce Zoom dependency and to 'protect' data from foreign apps.
For now, 200 people can connect together on the Boithok platform and have a virtual meeting for 24 hours. But for that they have to pay Taka 50 for every day. Subsciptions can be availed from https://vc.bcc.gov.bd/.
Boithok has unique features like 'Hajira Khata'– the Attendance Register, along with standard features like recording, white board, presentation screen sharing, social media streaming, waiting lobby etc.
BGD BGD e-GOV CIRT claims that all meetings on Boithok are completely confidential and secured.
Last year, the government also announced its intention to introduce home-grown alternatives to Facebook, WhatsApp and other digital platforms--a move that was not well received by most netizens.