Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation is teaming up with Intel, Vox Media and Re/code to fight online harassment with a new initiative announced by Intel at CES this week called Hack Harassment. Largely in response to the so-called Gamergate phenomenon, which targets women in the video game industry for online harassment, the company announced Hack Harassment as just the latest of its initiatives to correct the treatment of women in the virtual sphere after ensuring that 43 percent of its new hires this past year were women or underrepresented minorities.
The initiative will kick off with a series of "hackathons" focused on advancing anti-harassment technology. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich issued a statement that described how "online harassment has become a pervasive and often vicious problem with real-life repercussions. Today’s tech and media leaders have a collective responsibility and capability to identify solutions that can help reduce different forms of online harassment. We need to remember that behind every device, game, sensor or network is a real person with real feelings and real needs for safety."