During the last US Elections, Facebook was subjected to a lot of criticism for facilitating the spreading of fake news and rumours and in a bid to counter that, the company will be working with Harvard University on a project against hackers and the spread of fake news.
Belfer Center at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, who launched the Defending Digital Democracy (DDD) project on July 18, stated, ” the project aims to identify and recommend strategies, tools, and technology to protect democratic processes and systems from cyber and information attacks.”
DDD will be co-led by experts from the national security and technology communities, including Facebook and Google, and former campaign managers for Hillary Clinton (2016) and Mitt Romney (2012).
According to an announcement made by Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, Alex Stamos, at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, the company will be funding the project too.
The project will receive an initial funding of $500,000 from Facebook.
The project is being headed by Eric Rosenbach, Co-Director of the Belfer Center and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security.
“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,” Rosenbach said.