WASHINGTON (May 17, 2022) – Craig Newmark Philanthropies (CNP) recently announced new funding to continue support of the R Street Institute’s #MakingSpace initiative and the CyberBase. Both projects continue the partnership between R Street and #ShareTheMicInCyber to increase and support diversity in the cybersecurity, technology and national security fields, and to support CNP’s “cyber civil defense” efforts to protect the digital security of Americans and civic infrastructure.

“In the past few years, the increase in cybersecurity attacks and threats to our nation has made it clear how we need to work together collectively to protect ourselves and our democratic ideals. However, we need more participants to join our ‘cyber civil defense’ effort and with initiatives like #MakingSpace and CyberBase, we can increase cybersecurity career opportunities to meet the heightened threat landscape,” said Craig Newmark.

Craig Newmark Philanthropies has long supported ventures that elevate and further opportunities for underrepresented professionals in the technology sector with the aim of securing our networks from cyberattacks. The #MakingSpace initiative lies at the intersection of these issues. The initiative is led by cybersecurity expert Tatyana Bolton, director of R Street’s Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats department, in partnership with #ShareTheMicInCyber, a non-profit organization that addresses issues stemming from systemic racism in cybersecurity by highlighting the experiences of Black practitioners in this field and catalyzing conversations on race in the industry.

“We appreciate the continued support from Craig Newmark to bolster our support of the cyber civil defense effort. The significant increase will help R Street continue to build its platform and promote stronger cybersecurity workforce development and diversity, equity, and inclusion policies. Particularly as we are experiencing a 600,000 deficit in cybersecurity professionals and recognize the national security risk this poses,” said Bolton.

About R Street Institute: The R Street Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy research organization. Our mission is to engage in policy research and outreach to promote free markets and limited, effective government. The Cybersecurity and Emerging Threats department serves as the locus for R Street’s work on cybersecurity threats to national, state and private sector organizations, and the international balance of powers, military strategy and other emerging national security issues. For more information, please visit: https://www.rstreet.org/issue/cybersecurity-and-emerging-threats. Tatyana Bolton can be found on Twitter @technotats.

About #Making Space Initiative: #MakingSpace is a coalition of 100 influential organizations and individuals that launched in 2020 with a pledge to increase the diversity of speakers and experts at their events. It was the first step to creating a culture that seeks to nurture talent, elevate a diversity of ideas and individuals, and enhance scholarship within the cybersecurity space. The CyberBase effort is an online database for organizations to connect with and provide opportunities in the cybersecurity space for Black professionals.

About Craig Newmark Philanthropies: Craig Newmark is a Web pioneer, philanthropist and advocate. Most commonly known for founding the online classified ads service Craigslist, Newmark works to support and connect people and drive broad civic engagement. In 2016, he founded Craig Newmark Philanthropies to advance people and grassroots organizations that are “getting stuff done” in areas that include trustworthy journalism and the information ecosystem; voter protection; women in technology; and veterans and military families. At its core, all of Newmark’s philanthropic work helps to strengthen American democracy by supporting the values that the country aspires to: fairness, opportunity and respect. For more information, please visit: https://craignewmarkphilanthropies.org. Newark can be found sharing his personal perspective on the issues of the day on Twitter @craignewmark.