How can we make U.S. elections more secure?

Hacking the U.S. Election


February 24, 2020
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.

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Free and fair elections are essential to a thriving democracy. But as we approach the pivotal 2020 election, we see the integrity of U.S. elections facing multi-pronged threats. What are the main threats, and what can be done? Join us as we work to find real solutions to stop the hacking of U.S. elections. 

Sponsored by Penn State Dickinson Law, the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, the Center for Democracy & Technology, and the Brennan Center for Justice, with assistance from first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and Pennsylvania’s 43rd Governor Thomas J. Ridge, and Congressman Fred Keller, this Symposium brings together leading federal lawmakers, state election officials, Congressional staffers, researchers, members of the intelligence communities, academics, and media to address the two primary threats to the U.S. elections: 

  1. Election Security—vulnerabilities in our election system infrastructure that enable susceptibility to cyber hacking. 
  2. Social Engineering—intentional efforts to effect U.S. election results, erode confidence in the electoral process, and undermine the stability of our democracy through targeted propaganda, disinformation, and online manipulation. 

This Symposium is aimed at promoting bipartisan legislative efforts and supporting the work of state election officials, researchers, and the intelligence community to detect and combat these attacks on our electoral process.  

In addition to Ridge and Norden, other speakers include federal lawmakers, senior intelligence community members, researchers, and attorneys, such as Jared Dearing, executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections; Kevin Munger, New York Times op-ed contributor and assistant professor of political science and social data analytics, Penn State, who will address his cutting edge work on the internet, data and democracy; Danielle Conway, dean, Penn State Dickinson Law; Emma Llansó, director of CDT's Free Expression Project and McKenna, whose law practice, research, teaching and publications have focused extensively on the law and social media platforms, speech and privacy. 

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View the complete Symposium schedule and list of speakers here.