The former managers of Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns have joined forces to help prevent cyberattacks by foreign governments who seek to interfere in U.S. elections.
On Tuesday, Robby Mook, Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager, and Romney’s 2012 lead, Matt Rhoades, are launching “Defending Digital Democracy” at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
In a statement to The Washington Post, Mook said, “Over the last two years, nearly every election on both sides of the Atlantic has been affected by foreign cyberattacks, including Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.
“This project will find practical solutions to help both parties and civic institutions that are critical to our elections better secure themselves.”
Rhoades issued a statement asserting that cyber hacks “affect people of all political stripes. That means we all need to work together to address these vulnerabilities.”
Defending Digital Democracy is a non-governmental group whose objective is to facilitate the sharing of information regarding campaign threats among state and local election offices.
Romney’s 2012 campaign was targeted by Chinese hackers.
Russia attempted to interfere in the 2016 presidential election by posting fake news stories on social media. Although former President Obama was informed of Russia’s actions last summer, he waited until shortly before the November election to make the news public.
Critics claim that Obama should have reacted more swiftly and strongly to the Russian meddling.
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