Intel launches Hack Harassment initiative

January 8, 2016 // 11:37 a.m.

Tags: #abuse #born-this-way-foundation #brian-krzanich #hackathon #hack-harassment #harassment #lady-gaga #privacy #recode #vox-media

Intel has announced the launch of the Hack Harassment initiative, in collaboration with Vox Media, Re/code, and Lada Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, in an effort to fight online harassment.

Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday by Intel chief Brian Krzanich, Hack Harassment is described as a collaborative initiative to fight online harassment and to provide safer, more exclusive online experiences. As part of the launch, a survey of technology professionals based in the United States was conducted and revealed some telling figures: 84 per cent of technology professionals stated a belief in real-life risk and emotional impact for victims of online harassment, more than six in ten that the technology industry isn't doing enough to prevent said online harassment, more than eight in ten that the tech industry should do more, and 75 per cent that a universal code of online conduct could help curb harassment.

'Online harassment is pervasive and can be vicious,' claimed Krzanich during the launch announcement. 'If we're to truly succeed in a smart and connected world, we need to remember that behind every device, game, sensor or network is a real person with real feelings and real needs for safety. No one company can address this issue alone – as an industry, we need to work together to create a safer, more inclusive online experience.'

To push the initiative, Intel has partnered with digital publishing giant Vox Media, Re/code, and Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation. Together, the group plans to host a series of hackathons throughout 2016 with a view to increase awareness of the issue and advance anti-harassment technology as a means to effect positive change.

More information on the initiative is available on the official website.
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