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Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington DC 20005 USA (map)

Election Integrity in the Digital Age: Election Cybersecurity Challenges in the US and Elsewhere

While aspects of the Russia investigation are ongoing, it is now well known and agreed upon by the US intelligence community that overseas hackers succeeded in accessing critical data to influence the 2016 US presidential elections. This has raised serious and unprecedented concerns for American national security and democracy.

What are the new cybersecurity threats to the integrity of elections (in the US and around the world), posed by the digital age?

In light of the imminent midterm elections, this panel will bring together a wide range of deep expertise across sectors to investigate this critical question. Panelists will reflect on:

  • What are the top cybersecurity concerns related to elections in the US (at the national and state levels)?

  • What are the top cybersecurity concerns related to elections in other countries?

  • What are promising ways to address and anticipate these challenges?

  • What examples from other countries of good election integrity/data protection practices might help address challenges here in the US?


Join us for this timely conversation to learn from leading experts including:

  • Belisario Contreras - Manager, Cybersecurity Program at Organization of American States

  • Spencer Beall - Administrative Law Fellow at The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Georgetown University

  • Matt Webster - founder and CEO of Hillcyber

  • Peter Fatelnig - Counselor for Digital Economy, Delegation of the EU to the US (invited)

  • Evan Cohen, former National Security Council staffer and Columbia, MD City Council Member

  • Deyanira Murga - founder and president Cerberus Consulting (moderator)


A networking reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres will immediately follow.


This event is being co-organized by the Open Gov Hub (as part of the ongoing Defending Democracy Series), Cerberus Consulting, and Women in International Security.