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Election Vulnerabilities

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The Council hosted an expert panel including Noah Praetz, Whitney May, Lawrence Norden, and Peter Spiegel to discuss threats to the 2020 election, in addition to our preparedness in a critical year.
Speakers
Noah Praetz
Lawrence Norden
Whitney May
Peter Spiegel
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About This Event

As Russian interference in the 2016 election starkly exposed, modern voting systems and public opinion are highly susceptible to infiltration and manipulation. From the spread of false narratives in substantial misinformation campaigns, to vulnerabilities in voting infrastructure, election interference is yet again emerging as a defining feature of the 2020 elections - threatening fundamental political freedoms. Going into 2020, how vulnerable are US elections to hackers, and other malevolent cyber operations? What impact will COVID-19 have on our ability to hold free and fair elections this fall, and what effect will it have on (foreign) disinformation campaigns? In partnership with Aspen Socrates, the Council hosts an expert panel to consider the origin and scale of threats to the 2020 election, and America's preparedness and vulnerabilities in an increasingly critical year.

About the Speakers
Noah Praetz
Former Director of Elections, Cook County, Illinois
Lawrence Norden
Director, Election Reform Program, Brennan Center for Justice
Whitney May
Director, Government Services, Center for Tech & Civic Life
US Managing Editor, Financial Times
Headshot for Peter Spiegel
Peter Spiegel is currently the US managing editor of the Financial Times. Prior to that, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Headshot for Peter Spiegel