Hacking the U.S. Election: How can we make U.S. elections more secure?
Date: Monday, February 24
Time: 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Location: Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
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?
Sponsored by Penn State Dickinson Law, The Center for Democracy & Technology, Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, and the Brennan Center for Justice, and with assistance from The Honorable Thomas Ridge, First Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security and 43rd Governor, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 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:
- Election Security—vulnerabilities in our election system infrastructure that enable susceptibility to cyber hacking.
- 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. Join us as we work to find real solutions to stop the hacking of U.S. elections. Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch are being provided. This event may be live streamed or televised.
- Monday, February 24, 2020
- 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Capitol Visitor Center, Washington, D.C.
- Advance registration required
Confirmed Speakers, Panelists, and Moderators
- The Honorable Thomas J. Ridge, First Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security, First Director of the Office of Homeland Security, 43rd Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Amy Cohen, Executive Director, the National Association of State Election Directors
- Pam Fessler, Correspondent, National Desk, NPR
- David K. Porter, Assistant Section Chief, Foreign Influence Task Force (FITF), Counterintelligence Division, FBI Headquarters
- Carrie Cordero, General Counsel & Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security, CNN Legal & National Security Analyst, Co-Founder, Checks and Balances, Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law
- Lawrence Norden, Director, Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for Justice
- Madeline Mortelmans, Principal Director for Cyber Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense
- Jared Dearing, Executive Director, State Board of Elections, Commonwealth of Kentucky
- Maurice Turner, Deputy Director, Internet Architecture Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
- Joshua A. Geltzer, Executive Director and Professor of Law, Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, Georgetown Law
- Emma Llansó, Director, Free Expression Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
- Jenni L. Evans, Director, Penn State Institute for Computational & Data Sciences (ICDS) and Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science
- Danielle M. Conway, Dean, Penn State Dickinson Law
- Anne Toomey McKenna, Distinguished Scholar of Cyber Law & Policy, Penn State Dickinson Law & ICDS
- Kevin Munger, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Data Analytics, College of Liberal Arts, Penn State
- Anthony Robinson, Associate Professor of Geography and Director of Online Geospatial Education Programs, Penn State
- Maria Molina Davila, Researcher & PhD Candidate, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, Penn State