Craig Newmark Philanthropies Renews Support

GCA is pleased to announce that Craig Newmark Philanthropies has renewed its financial support of GCA’s Craig Newmark Trustworthy Internet and Democracy Program. The program, founded in 2019, is comprised of the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Elections, the GCA Cybersecurity Toolkit for Journalists, and the Craig Newmark Scholars Program.

The election toolkit, released in June of 2019 in advance of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, provides free cybersecurity tools and resources for election officials and community organizations. Since its launch the toolkit has had more than 146,000 unique visits. The elections toolkit is advised by a panel of leading experts from the election community.

The journalism toolkit provides free tools and resources for independent journalists and small newsrooms. Released in October of 2020, the journalism toolkit garnered a following with more than 1,400 unique visitors. Like the election toolkit, the journalism toolkit is also advised by prestigious panel of industry experts from the journalism community.

The Craig Newmark Scholars Program provides two yearlong fellowships with GCA to learn more about cybersecurity and its role in democracy. One position is for an early to mid-career journalist to and the other for a U.S. military veteran. GCA’s first veteran scholar, Chad Burgess, has just completed his term, working on the GCA Small Business Toolkit and  Domain Trust,  a GCA initiative to build trust in the domain name ecosystem. GCA’s journalism scholar, Julian Hayda, is mid-way through his term and has been deeply involved in the journalism toolkit and exploring the intersections of cybersecurity, democracy, and journalism.

Julian recently sat down with Craig Newmark to discuss what it means to have a trustworthy Internet and how that supports democracy and protects journalism. Read or listen to the interview.

We thank Craig Newmark for his continuing support of GCA and dedication to supporting programs that help protect democracy.