Democracy Rebooted: The Future of Technology in Elections

October 9, 2015 - 9:00 am

1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor (West Tower)
Washington, DC
Democracy Rebooted: The Future of Technology in Elections


Governor Jon Huntsman
Atlantic Council

Secretary Madeleine Albright
Former Secretary of State, United States
Chairman, National Democratic Institute


How Can Technology Support a More Robust Democracy?

David Rothkopf
CEO and Editor-in-Chief
FP Group

Pat Merloe
Director, Electoral Programs
National Democratic Institute

Mark Malloch Brown
former Deputy Secretary General, United Nations;
 Chairman, Smartmatic

Nancy Scola

Around the World: A Global Perspective on Technology in Elections

Matthew Masterson
Electoral Assistance Commission

Tadjoudine Ali-Diabacte
Deputy Director, Electoral Assistance Division
United Nations Department of Political Affairs

Justice Jose Antonio Dias Toffoli
Supreme Electoral Court, Brazil

Manish Tewari
Former Minister of Information

Bill Sweeney
International Foundation for Electoral Systems

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Please join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Friday, October 9 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council headquarters at 1030 15th St NW Washington, DC for a discussion on the future of technology in elections. As technology plays an increasingly dominant part of our lives, its role in elections has come under scrutiny. We are at a crucial moment to review the policies that influence elections and the technology we use to execute them. Why can we call a car, book a hotel, and pay bills on our phones, yet elections are often still implemented with pen and paper? Legitimacy, access, credibility, and trust are the issues that will require policymakers and technologists to carefully script the implementation of technology in our elections.  

Featuring a keynote address by Secretary Madeleine Albright, this discussion will consider the state of elections around the world and how democracies are supported or hindered by the implementation of technology.