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Holding off the Hackers, Defending Our Democracy

Monday, April 2

3-4 ET | 2-3 CT | 1-2 MT | 12-1 PT

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In 2016, the intelligence community sounded the alarm that our elections had been targeted with cyberattacks by Russian state actors with the intent of usurping American voters’ voices and assisting their preferred candidates. Infiltration of numerous states’ voter databases has been confirmed. Today, our nation’s electronic voting systems remain vulnerable to cyberattacks which threaten the integrity of our democracy. A lack of federal action means there is a strong role for nonpartisan advocates to play throughout the next few months.

The good news is that securing our elections does not have to be a moon-shot. Verification of paper ballots, increasing cyber security defenses, and other common-sense solutions have been implemented in many states. It is imperative that this momentum continues.

During this discussion, leading experts and advocates will outline the critically necessary safeguards which state election administrators can implement to ensure that future elections are protected from sophisticated cyberattacks. Funders will learn about how to best support current and future nonpartisan efforts to safeguard the integrity of our democracy.

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Moderated by:

Allison Barlow, Program Director, Democracy & Media, Wallace Global Fund

Presented By:

Edgardo Cortes, Brennan Center

Susannah Goodman, Director of Voting Integrity, Common Cause

Marian Schneider, President, Verified Voting

Justin Zorn, Truman National Security Fellow


As with all FCCP events, the subject matter is strictly limited to non-partisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.