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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.

Mail-in Voting – Every Vote Should Count

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.

Misinformation & Disinformation – 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.

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

Field Guides

Posts

CDT Joins EFF, Other Experts in Open Letter on Election Security

To Stop Election-Related Misinformation, Give Election Officials the Resources They Need

Tech Talk: Election Security — Talking Tech W/ Will Adler

Why Widespread Mail-In Voter Fraud Is a Myth

Online Voter Suppression: A Guide for Election Officials on How to Spot & Counter

Helping Election Officials Combat Election Misinformation: A Course Developed by CDT and CTCL

Election Cybersecurity 101 Field Guide – Physical Security

“Naked Ballots” Ruling Highlights Need to Educate Voters and Fight Misinformation

Election Cybersecurity 101 Field Guide – Cloud Services

Tech Talk: Election Security During COVID-19 – Talking Tech w/ Ben Adida & Hannah Quay-de la Vallee

Technology Can Assist Elections by Scaling Vote-By-Mail

Tech Talk: Data Feminism & Election Security — Talking Tech w/ Catherine D’Ignazio, Lauren Klein & Larry Norden

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