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A Democracy Worth the Paper — Ballot — it’s Written on

Authors: Mark Halvorson and Barbara Simons This oped appeared originally at Medium.com on December 19, 2016. As the CIA digs deep to investigate foreign influence on our election, we should recognize that we don’t need cybersecurity experts to tell us if our votes have been accurately counted. Citizen observers can do the job, if we…

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Election Security Is a Matter of National Security

Author: David Dill This article appeared originally at Scientific American on November 30, 2016. State-sponsored cyber-attacks seemingly intended to influence the 2016 Presidential election have raised a question: Is the vulnerability of computerized voting systems to hacking a critical threat to our national security? Can an adversary use methods of cyber-warfare to select our commander-in-chief?…

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Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots

This response was originally posted at Medium.com and is cross-posted here with permission of the author. You may have read at NYMag that I’ve been in discussions with the Clinton campaign about whether it might wish to seek recounts in critical states. That article, which includes somebody else’s description of my views, incorrectly describes the reasons…

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Election Integrity: Missing Components to Remedy

Author: Candice Hoke This oped appeared originally at the The Hill on November 8, 2016. Our election systems’ vulnerabilities received unprecedented bipartisan and media attention from mid-summer onward, sparked by the apparently Russian origins of hacks into the Democrat’s communications systems. If tampering with the U.S. election process was a goal, then election technologies used…

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Testimony Before the House Subcommittee on IT

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article appeared originally at Freedom to Tinker on September 30, 2016. I was invited to testify yesterday before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology, at a hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Ensuring the Integrity of the Ballot Box.” My written testimony is available here. My 5-minute opening statement went…

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Which Voting Machines Can be Hacked Through the Internet?

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article was originally published at Freedom to Tinker on September 20, 2016.  Over 9000 jurisdictions (counties and states) in the U.S. run elections with a variety of voting machines: optical scanners for paper ballots, and direct-recording “touchscreen” machines.  Which ones of them can be hacked to make them cheat, to transfer…

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Security Against Election Hacking – Part 1: Software Independence

Author: Andrew W. Appel This article was originally posted to Freedom to Tinker on August 17, 2016. There’s been a lot of discussion of whether the November 2016 U.S. election can be hacked. Should the U.S. Government designate all the states’ and counties’ election computers as “critical cyber infrastructure” and prioritize the “cyberdefense” of these…

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Why Online Voting is a Danger to Democracy

Author: David Dill InterThis article was originally posted at The Stanford Report. If, like a growing number of people, you’re willing to trust the Internet to safeguard your finances, shepherd your love life, and maybe even steer your car, being able to cast your vote online might seem like a logical, perhaps overdue, step. No…

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California’s Internet Voting Initiatives

Author: David Jefferson and Barbara Simons This article was originally published in Communications of the ACM on February 24, 2016. California, home of an underabundance of rain and an overabundance of ballot initiatives, may be confronted with one or two initiatives on this November’s ballot that, if passed by the voters, will mandate the establishment…

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