Hacked Democracy

Cindy Cohn, Executive Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation; Siobhan Gorman, Director, Brunswick Group; Robert K. Knake, Whitney Shepardson Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Sherri Ramsay, Senior Advisor to the CEO, CyberPoint International; Cybersecurity Consultant. Moderated by Jake Braun.

Hacked Democracy

Technology is exposing democracy’s vulnerabilities. After hackers, allegedly working for the Russian government, stole politically sensitive documents and used them in an attempt to influence the US election outcome, governments across the world have scrambled to understand how such cyber-meddling can be prevented. At the same time intelligence agencies in many democratic nations have amassed enormous cyber-surveillance powers which, critics charge, pose a growing threat to civil liberties. Is technology a threat to democracy? How can open, networked societies balance transparency and security in the digital age?

Speaker Bio


Russian Hackers Were Only Getting Started in the 2016 Election
Rob Knake, Fortune, 01/15/2017

Russia's Election Hack is a Serious Threat to US Democracy
Avi Chesla, NBC News, 12/29/2016

EFF to Tech Leaders: Stand With Users and Tell Trump We Need Strong Encryption, Internet Freedom
Cindy Cohn and Karen Gullo, Electronic Frontier Foundation, 12/13/2016

Report: Cybersecurity under the Trump Administration
George Little, Mark Seifert, and Siobhan Gorman, Brunswick Group, 11/29/2016


5:30 p.m.       
Registration and cash bar reception

6:00 p.m.       
Presentation and Q&A

7:15 p.m.        
Adjournment and book signing