Cyber Risk Wednesday: Hacking the Vote

October 19, 2016 - 4:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
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A conversation with:

Jeremy Epstein
Senior Computer Scientist
SRI International

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
Chief Technologist
Center for Democracy & Technology

Massimo Tommasoli
Permanent Observer for International IDEA
United Nations

Kim Zetter
Cybersecurity Reporter

Introduced by:

Daniel Y. Chiu
Director, Strategy Initiative, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative on Wednesday, October 19 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. as panelists talk through the cybersecurity threats facing the upcoming presidential elections and the electoral process as a whole.
 
Since the “hanging chad” controversy of the 2000 presidential race, jurisdictions across the United States have increasingly implemented e-voting solutions to increase voter access and decrease the potential for error in paper-based election systems. Despite the good intentions, these voting computers have repeatedly demonstrated their vulnerability to accidents and adversaries. And it is not just the voting machines that are at risk: Recent hacks of political parties and voter databases highlight the vulnerability of the entire electoral process. Election fraud is certainly not new – it has existed for as long as elections have – but the introduction of e-voting has exposed us to an unprecedented scale of vulnerabilities. 

The panelists will examine tradeoffs in election systems, ranging from historical paper systems to current US voting computers to Internet-based voting in many other countries. Will we preserve domestic and global trust in the electoral process, or will the technology it depends on prove untrustworthy?
 


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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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