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Facebook now funds Defending Digital Democracy to combat U.S. election hacking

By Ian Chee - on 27 Jul 2017, 6:09pm

Facebook now funds Defending Digital Democracy to combat U.S. election hacking

Facebook is now funding an initiative to prevent hacking that may affect the democratic process and political parties of the U.S. The effort, called Defending Digital Democracy, launched at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government last week.

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The previous U.S. presidential election that saw Donald Trump becoming President is mired with controversies, from fake news to hacking by foreign nations. With Facebook now taking steps to deal with fake news that plague its social networking platform, it is now also contributing US$500,000 (~RM2.13 million) to Defending Digital Democracy. The project itself is led by former campaign managers for Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney, and has tech companies like Google and Facebook providing advisors.

"I would like to see the security community broaden their thinking beyond traditional hacking to all the other ways technology can be abused," said Alex Stamos, Chief Security Officer, Facebook.

With Defending Digital Democracy, the idea is that information will be shared between campaigns regarding attacks, strategies and risks, while offering free advice to political campaigns on improving security.

Source: CNNMoney.