The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) launched the Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program.
In preparation for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, this initiative will provide news outlets, government functionaries, election officials, and community organizations with toolkits and online forums to help protect them from cyber threats.
This program comes from a $750,000 gift from Craig Newmark Philanthropies and builds on related work GCA conducted earlier in 2019 to create cybersecurity toolkits for election officials, voting rights nonprofits, and journalists. The organization of craigslist founder Craig Newmark donated more than one million dollars to support that initiative.
“This renewed support from Craig Newmark Philanthropies is integral to our core mission – enabling the Internet to reach its promise of benefitting citizens and societies,” said Philip Reitinger, president and chief executive of the Global Cyber Alliance.
The program will:
• Develop a cybersecurity toolkit for elected representatives and government functionaries
• Enhance the existing GCA cybersecurity toolkits for election offices and news
• Establish community forums where toolkit users can provide one another with mutual support and receive guidance from GCA
• Expand outreach efforts for all three toolkits across news, social media, and email
• Translate each toolkit into Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish language
“We are living in a critical time, when our democratic systems and those who make them happen require strong cyber protections to maintain their integrity,” said Newmark. “The Global Cyber Alliance has a proven track record of helping both the private and public sectors solve some of the most vexing Internet security challenges, and I’m proud to continue to support their efforts.”