Two Failed Campaign Chairman Appointed By Harvard To Defend Democracy From Hackers

According to the Washington Post, two chairman of failed political campaigns (Robby Mook from the Clinton 2016 campaign and Matt Rhoades from the Romney campain) are heading up a new initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs called Defend Digital Democracy.

Eric Rosenbach, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, runs the program and appointed Mook and Rhoades. Why?

“Americans across the political spectrum agree that political contests should be decided by the power of ideas, not the skill of foreign hackers,”

Except - that didn’t happen.

It didn’t happen in Wisconsin.

It didn’t happen in Michigan.

It didn’t happen in Pennsylvania.

It didn’t happen in Florida.

It didn’t happen anywhere. The election wasn’t hacked.

But Mook won’t let the facts get in the way of his delusion or, presumably, his pay check from the Belfer Center:

“Over the last two years, nearly every election on both sides of the Atlantic has been affected by foreign cyber attacks, including Hillary Clinton’s in 2016,”

The goal of the initiative, according to Mook, is to “find practical solutions to help both parties and civic institutions that are critical to our elections better secure themselves and become more resilient to attacks.” You don’t need Harvard to tell you how to do that.

PROBLEM: Many of the voting machines in use today are fifteen years old and highly vulnerable to tampering.

SOLUTION: Buy new voting machines that are infinitely more secure than the old ones.

PROBLEM: Cyber attacks against several state electoral systems leveraged low-level, easily defended spear phishing and SQL injection attacks.

SOLUTION: Train your employees in good cyber hygiene and hire a red team to find and fix vulnerabilities in your network; especially the easy ones like SQL injection.

PROBLEM: Embarassing emails were leaked.

SOLUTION: Stop writing stupid shit in an email. Assume that everything you write is going to be made public.


If you’re looking for a problem in need of a solution, tackle the problem of why we will not take personal responsibility when things go wrong; that we would rather invent a villain with evil intent against whom we are helpless (Putin, Satan, our boss) than acknowledge what we failed to do, fix it, and do better next time.

There is a myriad of reasons why the worst qualified man in history is now one of the most powerful men in the world. One reason that definitely should not be on that list is that the election was hacked.

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