Why Russian efforts to sow chaos are likely to target voter rolls.
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Documents: Congressional Task Force on Election Security January 2018 Report and the Election Security Act
House Democrats released a report and legislation on election security.
Efforts to secure and defend democracy from Russian interference have focused on the U.S. and Europe. But Latin American countries require similar attention.
Election security is a cybersecurity issue—or at least it should be one ...
The government should prioritize and tailor its approach accordingly.
Our electoral infrastructure consists of two distinct pieces (or so it seems to me): a broader public context in which elections occur and a narrower system of election management. To date, almost everything we know about Russian electoral interference has dealt with the larger broader context—fake news, Russian troll factories, the hack of the DNC and other efforts to spread disinformation. As
Open-source systems are only one step towards guarding our votes against manipulation—and the hypothesis that using open source software will by itself improve security is questionable at best.
We have entered a world not of factual anarchy but of factual oligarchy—a picture in which the ultimate seat of power is simultaneously least accountable and most protected when it comes to the demands of proof and verifiability.
We should audit the vote not for partisan reasons but because in cybersecurity matters, when there is any indication of a problem, an audit is the responsible and proper course.