Facebook and Harvard University to work together against hackers targeting US elections

Facebook Inc said on 26 July that it will work with a Harvard University project against hackers who target elections in the US.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard. Reuters

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard. Reuters

The company headquartered in Menlo Park said it will provide initial funding of $500,000 for the project, called Defending Digital Democracy (DDD), launched a week ago by the Belfer Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, Xinhua reported.

At the time, the Belfer Center said the project will include Facebook and Google to "identify and recommend strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks."

Facebook made its move on 26 July during Black Hat, an annual security event held in Las Vegas.

The project will be co-led by Robby Mook, Democrat Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign manager and Matt Rhoades, Republican Mitt Romney's 2012 campaign manager.

"By creating a unique and bipartisan team comprised of top-notch political operatives and leaders in the cyber and national security world, DDD intends to offer concrete solutions to an urgent problem," the center stated in a news release.

"Americans across the political spectrum agree that political contests should be decided by the power of ideas, not the skill of foreign hackers," Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center and former assistant secretary of defense, was quoted as saying.

"Cyber deterrence starts with strong cyber defense - and this project brings together key partners in politics, national security, and technology to generate innovative ideas to safeguard our key democratic institutions."


Published Date: Jul 27, 2017 09:43 am | Updated Date: Jul 27, 2017 09:43 am