The rise of the web has made issues extra accessible than ever. However the identical can be permitting individuals to manage and affect even extremely delicate stuff like electoral processes. Folks nonetheless keep in mind the position of Russia within the 2016 US elections.
Microsoft has introduced a brand new initiative known as Defending Democracy Program to safeguard the electoral course of from hacking and unfold of misinformation not solely within the US however in different democracies throughout the globe as effectively.
Whereas working with its stakeholders and governments, the corporate will attempt to defend election campaigns from hacking, enhance political promoting transparency on-line, and discover technological options to guard the elections and determine and remediate cyber assaults.
Microsoft can even work with tutorial establishments and assume tanks to counter state-sponsored computational propaganda and junk information.
Of their blog post, Microsoft mentioned that the “threats to our democratic processes from cyber-enabled interference have grow to be a important concern.” Nation-states have tried to focus on and exploit elementary elements of our democratic methods together with voting methods and expertise infrastructure of political campaigns.
For a begin, the corporate will concentrate on the upcoming November 2018 midterm elections. The US presidential elections in 2020 can be on their radar too; in the meantime, Redmond can even attempt to scale this system in different nations over time.