In 2016, the world learned about cyberattacks and other election interference launched by foreign governments. Since then, the U.S. federal government has declared voting systems to be “critical infrastructure” and has allocated $380 million to help prepare for future elections. However, many voters in the U.S. will continue casting ballots using obsolete voting technologies with known cyber vulnerabilities. Voters must also contend with propaganda campaigns, such as fake news, and other fraudulent attempts to sway public opinion. At this event, panelists addressed such challenges and offered policy responses to the changing election environment in the United States and abroad.
This event was co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. Follow @stpolicy on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerElection.
6:00 p.m. — Reception
6:30 p.m. — Presentation
Travis County Clerk
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Ph.D.
Chief Technologist and Director of the Internet Architecture Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
Dan S. Wallach, Ph.D.
Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar; and Professor of Computer Science and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Rice University
Moshe Y. Vardi, Ph.D.
Karen Ostrum George Distinguished Service Professor in Computational Engineering and Director, Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology, Rice University