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IRI Partners with NDI and Harvard Belfer Center on Indian Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook

March 11, 2019

Cybersecurity threats pose an increasingly serious risk to political campaigns around the world, with the potential to undermine the democratic process and faith in democracy itself. In an effort defend Indian political parties and campaigns against cyberattacks ahead of the country’s elections in spring 2019, the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) partnered with Microsoft and Defending Digital Democracy (D3P)—a project of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center— to launch the Belfer Center’s Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook in India.

The resulting report, “The Cybersecurity Campaign Playbook: Indian Edition,”  is based on an extensive assessment of the vulnerabilities, operational structures, and resources of Indian political campaigns. The report represents the insights of a bipartisan group of leading policy, campaign and cybersecurity experts, including Robby Mook, Belfer Center Fellow and former campaign manager to Hillary Clinton, and Matt Rhoades, Belfer Center Fellow and former campaign manager to Mitt Romney. 

Read more about IRI’s programming on digital democracy here.