Tech firms join Lady Gaga to fight online harassment

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<div>Intel, Vox Media, Re/Code and Born This Way Foundation said Thursday that they will take that fight on with an initiative called Hack Harassment.<br><br><br><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"></a><br><br><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"></a><br><br><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"></a><br><br><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/a2.img" border="0"></a><br><a href="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/ach.htm"><img src="http://adchoice.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/ach.img" border="0"></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/a2t.img" border="0"><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi2.feedsportal.com/r/247387506029/u/197/f/677907/c/35493/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/a2t2.img" border="0"><img width="1" height="1" src="http://rss.cnn.com/c/35493/f/677907/s/4cbb5bb4/sc/13/mf.gif" border="0"></div>
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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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