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Election Security

As more political activity touches the digital realm, there exists a real potential for these issues to influence voting, compromise election activities, and alter core democratic norms.

 

Our work is aimed at addressing key election cybersecurity issues, such as election official training, technical volunteer capacity building, social media disinformation campaigns, and robust post-election auditing.

PSA: Mail-in Voting – Counting Every Vote

CDT believes every vote should be counted, even if it takes a while – trust in the vote by mail process is essential to ensuring that.

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PSA: Misinfo & Disinfo – Building a More Informed Public

CDT works to combat misinformation and disinformation, particularly as it impacts elections, targets marginalized communities, and engages in voter suppression.

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Online Voter Suppression: How to Spot & Counter

This short guide focuses on how to spot content on social media that can suppress voter participation, as well as how election officials can anticipate and counter election misinformation that could suppress voter participation in their jurisdiction.

2020 Press Briefing

CDT hosted a press briefing on the morning of October 16, 2020 to discuss key issues in tackling election security challenges, including technical information that should inform election-related coverage in the coming weeks and months. Slides here.

Resources

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CDT report entitled "Split Decisions: Guidance for Measuring Locality Preservation in District Maps." CDT logo in blue. A close up of pale red, blue, and transient districts with white boundary lines.

Report – Split Decisions: Guidance for Measuring Locality Preservation in District Maps

We Need a Way to Distinguish Good Post-Election Audits from Bad Ones

CDT Staff to Tackle Hottest Issues in Tech at RightsCon 2021

CDT Testimony Before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Election Security

Updated For the People Act Has Some Much-Needed Improvements for Absentee Voting

Graphic for CDT's podcast, entitled "CDT's Tech Talks." Hosted by Jamal Magby, and available on iTunes, Google Play, Soundcloud, Spotify, Stitcher, and TuneIn. Dark grey text and app logos, as well as light blue text, on a white background.

Tech Talk: Beyond the 2020 Election — Talking Tech W/ Will Adler

Election Cybersecurity is About More than Just Voting Machines

Screenshot of CDT's report, entitled "An Agenda for U.S. Election Cybersecurity"

CDT Report: An Agenda for U.S. Election Cybersecurity

Screenshot of CDT's Comments to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression for Upcoming Report on Disinformation

CDT Comments to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression for Upcoming Report on Disinformation

A CDT & ASD Joint Report – Trusting the Vote: Establishing a Presidential Commission on Election Resilience and Trust

CDT & ASD Joint Report – Trusting the Vote: Establishing a Presidential Commission on Election Resilience and Trust

President Biden Should Establish a Commission to Restore Trust in Democracy

CDT Recommendations to the Biden Administration and 117th Congress to Advance Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

CDT Recommendations to the Biden Administration and 117th Congress to Advance Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in the Digital Age

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