CDT & SIIA – Democracy Affirming Technology: Restoring Trust Online




U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

First St NE

Washington, DC 20515


Graphic for an event, hosted by CDT & SIIA, entitled "Democracy Affirming Technology: Restoring Trust Online." Wednesday, July 20, 2022 from 2-4 PM ET, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

CDT & SIIA Event Examines Digital Information Campaigns & Online Trust

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The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) are hosting Democracy Affirming Technology: Restoring Trust Online, an event highlighting the consequences of malign information campaigns and how stakeholders can restore trust online. Taking place at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington D.C., the event will feature speakers including CDT’s CEO Alexandra Reeve Givens, SIIA’s Jeff Joseph & Paul Lekas, U.S. government officials, members of Congress, and policy experts.

Date: Wednesday, July 20th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

The livestream of the event can be viewed at:

Location: U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (Room 203-02), First St NE, Washington, D.C. 20515

*Registration for the event has closed but Hill staffers can attend without registering.*

Topics to be discussed:

  • Tools and standards needed to restore trust in the internet
  • The threat of deepfake information campaigns to national security and democratic values
  • How the government, private sector, academia, and civil society can collaboratively educate the public, create solutions to counter disinformation, and restore online trust

Accessibility: If you have access needs or questions, please contact [email protected] in advance of the event.



  • Jeff Joseph, President, Software & Information Industry Association
  • Alexandra Reeve Givens, CEO, Center for Democracy and Technology


  • Congressman Don Beyer (D-VA)
  • Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA)
  • Congressman John Katko (R-NY)
  • Senator Gary Peters (D-MI)

Fireside Chat: Digital Provenance – Democracy Affirming Tech Standards

  • Paul Lekas, Senior VP of Global Policy, Software & Information Industry Association (Moderator)
  • Dana Rao, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Trust Officer, Adobe

Panel: Deepfakes and Malign Information Campaigns – A National Security Threat

  • Rebecca Kern, Tech Policy Reporter, Politico (Moderator)
  • Sam Gregory, Program Director, WITNESS
  • Hodan Omaar, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
  • Cailin Crockett, Senior Advisor to the White House Gender Policy Council

Panel: Public and Private Sector Collaboration to Restore Trust Online

  • Jeff Joseph, President, Software & Information Industry Association (Moderator)
  • Mallory Knodel, Chief Technology Officer, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Nina Amla, Senior Science Advisor, National Science Foundation; Co-Chair, Information Integrity Research and Development Interagency Working Group
  • Dr. Tim Maurer, Director for Technology and Democracy, National Security Council