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Facebook join hands with Harvard against hackers targeting US elections

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

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 Wednesday 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 centre 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 defence, was quoted as saying.

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

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