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Major tech and media players are teaming up to fight online harassment.

Intel(INTC, Tech30), Vox Media, Re/Code and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation have announced a new initiative called Hack Harassment that will “provide safer, more inclusive online experiences.”

“Online harassment is pervasive and can be vicious,” said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich in a statement. “We need to remember that behind every device, game, sensor or network is a real person with real feelings and real needs for safety.”

The four partners said they previously conducted a survey to better understand the tech industry’s relationship with harassment. Eighty-four percent of those surveyed believe there is real-life risk and emotional impact for online harassment victims.

They also found that more than 60% of tech professionals don’t believe the tech industry is doing enough to prevent online harassment. They plan to host a series of hackathons to promote awareness and increase accountability.

Related: GamerGate reversal: SXSW announces online harassment summit

Online harassment has long been an issue in the tech industry, and has been met with varying attitudes. In October, SXSW canceled a pair of gaming and online harassment panels at its Austin festival, citing threats of violence.

But after that decision caused a backlash, SXSW announced plans to host an Online Harassment Summit at SXSW in March.

— Sara Ashley O’Brien contributed to this report.

CNNMoney (New York) First published January 8, 2016: 5:57 AM ET

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