Election Cybersecurity

Data-driven campaigns and computerized election infrastructure have raised fears regarding election privacy and security, along with the impact these practices may be having on voting and democratic norms.

The 2016 election cycle held a number of surprises for the often-uneventful world of US election administration: malicious hackers, massive breaches of campaign voter data and the first confirmed electronic hacking of operational US election systems in the form of compromised voting system vendors. Unfortunately, both election officials and political campaigns have limited resources and experience needed to address these issues. We propose to make progress on this set of problems by focusing on key cybersecurity issues, such as election official training, technical volunteer capacity building, social media disinformation campaigns, and robust post-election auditing.

In our Election Security and Privacy Project, the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) seeks to identify and update election cybersecurity practices and work through potential remedies in a few critical areas: state voter registration systems, election auditing, and campaign data.

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