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Global Cyber Alliance Launches New Security Efforts for Election Officials

The Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program will develop security toolkits -- and enhance existing ones -- ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) has announced it will use a $750,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to launch the Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program. The program is intended to provide election officials, government offices, community organizations, and media outlets with tools to help protect them from cyberthreats.

"To thrive, America needs a safe, trustworthy press and secure elections, yet bad actors are attacking the folks who facilitate these aspects of our democratic process," says Craig Newmark, who is also founder of Craigslist. "Especially with the 2020 US presidential election coming up, we seriously need to shore up our defenses."

The new program comes on the heels of earlier GCA projects to develop cybersecurity toolkits for election officials, voting rights nonprofits, and journalists. This latest effort will develop toolkits for elected officials, enhance existing toolkits for election officials, establish forums in which officials can seek guidance and assistance from the GCA, expand outreach for the program, and translate toolkits into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

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