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FCCP 2018 Election Series Discussion: Holding off the Hackers, Defending Our Democracy
April 2, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
In 2016, the intelligence community sounded the alarm that our elections had been targeted with cyberattacks by Russian state actors with the intent of usurping American voters’ voices and assisting their preferred candidates. Infiltration of numerous states’ voter databases has been confirmed. Today, our nation’s electronic voting systems remain vulnerable to cyberattacks which threaten the integrity of our democracy. A lack of federal action means there is a strong role for nonpartisan advocates to play throughout the next few months.
The good news is that securing our elections does not have to be a moon-shot. Verification of paper ballots, increasing cyber security defenses, and other common-sense solutions have been implemented in many states. It is imperative that this momentum continues.
During this discussion, leading experts and advocates will outline the critically necessary safeguards which state election administrators can implement to ensure that future elections are protected from sophisticated cyberattacks. Funders will learn about how to best support current and future nonpartisan efforts to safeguard the integrity of our democracy.
Moderated by:Allison Barlow, Program Director, Democracy & Media, Wallace Global Fund
- Edgardo Cortes, Brennan Center
- Susannah Goodman, Director of Voting Integrity, Common Cause
- Marian Schneider, President, Verified Voting
- Justin Talbot-Zorn, Senior Policy Adviser, National Election Defense Coalition