Election Security: Are We There Yet?

October 1 at 3:00 p.m. PDT

Following the security concerns around the 2016 national election, a slew of developments have taken place to reassure the public that results of the fall 2020 elections will, in fact, reflect the will of the voters. To name a few, Congress approved hundreds of millions of dollars toward election security. Many voting technology start-ups are promising a better infrastructure that would increase voter participation in a secure manner. Social media platforms are vowing to increase transparency of political ads. Meanwhile, health concerns resulting from the pandemic are casting a giant shadow over the prospect of in-person voting. 

In this event focused on election security, Jenny S. Martinez, the Richard E. Lang Professor of Law and Dean of Stanford Law School will moderate a conversation with Dan Boneh, Professor of Computer Science in the Stanford School of Engineering and Cryptography Professor, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, and Nate Persily, JD ’98, the James B. McClatchy Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. Dan and Nate co-direct the Cyber Policy Center, in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.

In this discussion, Professors Boneh and Persily will give us the scoop on the steps the nation has taken since 2016 to enhance election security and access. Topics will range from innovations in election technology and the future of mobile voting to the advent of corporate governance in information technology and protective action against cyber hacking from unfriendly nations.

This event is sponsored by Stanford Law School, Stanford Engineering’s Intersections event series, and the Stanford Alumni Association.


Watch the Recording

Location: Online Date: October 1, 2020 Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm