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Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center

901 K Street Northwest

11th Floor

Washington, DC 20001

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Join us December 10th for an interactive discussion on the shared challenges of securing democratic elections, followed by a networking reception.

Free and fair elections are a cornerstone of democracies. With the US mid-terms just behind us and many elections in Europe and elsewhere quickly approaching in 2019, the conversation around new methods of interference and what we can do to build more resilient democracies is as relevant as ever.

This event will follow the World Café format, which includes active discussion for 20 minutes on each of the four challenges:

  1. Disinformation and IT-security during elections as a challenge for the media – moderated by Daniel Mossbrucker, Reporters Without Borders Germany

  2. Enabling election security as a public-private-civil partnership goal – moderated by Ginny Badanes, Microsoft

  3. Leveraging the potential of International Cooperation on Election Security – moderated by Julia Schuetze, Transatlantic Cyber Forum, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

  4. Security mechanisms that proactively secure election infrastructure – moderated by Joe Hall & Maurice Turner, Center for Democracy and Technology


Cybersecurity & Democratic Elections Workshop Agenda

3:00-3:15 pm - Registration

3:15-3:40 pm - Welcome and Introduction

3:40-5:00 pm - Discussions

5:00-5:15 pm - Wrap-Up & Readout

5:15-6:30 pm - Networking Reception



Complete descriptions of conversation topics:

Disinformation and IT-security during elections as a challenge for the media – moderated by Daniel Mossbrucker, Reporters Without Borders Germany

IT-security and disinformation are two challenges the media is dealing with especially during the context of elections. Daniel is sharing examples of how the media has dealt with disinformation and the right wing populist propaganda in Germany and explains how they have been implementing it-security in newsrooms. Daniel has been working as a trainer for it- security and digital awareness for journalists for years and wants to develop best practices on how the media could support security and integrity of democratic elections.

Enabling election security as a public-private-civil partnership goal – moderated by Ginny Badanes, Microsoft

Any increment of success in defending democratic elections against technology-fueled attacks requires participation from governments, civil society organizations and private sector. But how are these partnerships best implemented? Are there any countries that serve as a model for others to follow in this regard? What are the biggest challenges facing a public-private-civil partnership?

Leveraging the potential of International Cooperation on Election Security – moderated by Julia Schuetze, Transatlantic Cyber Forum, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung

Because the electoral process is an integral part of democracy, any impediment to exercising the right to vote or tampering with the electoral process in any way is perceived as a serious threat to state sovereignty. This has not stopped governments in the past from interfering with foreign elections, however. We will look at best practices of international cooperation to guard against this emergent tactic of interference and also explore potential new avenues for cooperation to build resilient democracies. Julia is a project manager of the Transatlantic Cyber Forum, a network of cybersecurity experts and a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America.

Security mechanisms that proactively secure election infrastructure – moderated by Joe Hall & Maurice Turner, Center for Democracy and Technology

Modern elections are becoming increasingly more complex and dependent on digital technologies to enable innovations like online voter registration, early voting, and rapid results reporting. Election Officials and volunteers are being asked to perform functions that are much more technical in nature as a normal part of election activities. Simultaneously, the growing threat of malicious interference means that security practices must dramatically and continuously improve at the local, state, and federal levels to maintain and increase voter turnout and confidence. Joe and Maurice, Technologists with expertise in election security, will explore how to identify and respond to the evolving threats targeting election infrastructure.

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