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Wednesday, May 17 • 4:20pm - 5:20pm
Cybersecurity and US Elections

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The 2016 U.S. presidential election was preceded by unprecedented politically motivated cyberattacks by a foreign power, and it produced a result that surprised many people in the U.S. and abroad.

Was it hacked?

To find out, J. Alex Halderman teamed up with experts from around the country—and a presidential candidate—to initiate the first presidential election recounts motivated primarily by cybersecurity concerns. In this talk, Professor Halderman will explain how the recounts in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania took place, what we learned about the integrity of the election, and what needs to change to ensure that future elections are secure.

Computerized voting raises serious security risks, from voting machine viruses to attacks by nation-states that could remotely alter election outcomes. At the same time, there are opportunities for technology—designed correctly and applied intelligently—to make elections more secure and efficient than ever.

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J. Alex Halderman

Director, University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society
His research focuses on computer security and privacy, with an emphasis on problems that broadly impact society and public policy. Topics that interest him include software security, network security, data privacy, anonymity, electronic voting, censorship resistance, compute... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room E