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Watch live: Hacking the vote

E-voting could expose the US electoral process to an unprecedented scale of vulnerabilities. Watch a panel discussion examining the tradeoffs and threats facing our election systems.

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 in this live conversation 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?

A conversation with:

Jeremy Epstein
Senior Computer Scientist, SRI International;
Program Manager, Information Innovation Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
Chief Technologist, Center for Democracy & Technology

Massimo Tommasoli
Permanent Observer for International IDEA, United Nations

Kim Zetter
Senior Staff Reporter, Wired

Introduced by:

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

Event details:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC

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