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Wednesday, May 17
 

9:00am

Updating the Voter Booth and Beyond: A Fireside Chat between Secretary of State Alex Padilla with Chris Kelly

With one out of every seven eligible voters living in California, Secretary of State Alex Padilla will preside over the biggest procurement of elections technologies in the nation. Join privacy expert and former Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook Chris Kelly in a fireside chat with Secretary Padilla as they discuss the issues states face in updating how votes are cast, collected, and counted.


Moderators
avatar for Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Attorney; Technology Investor & Advisor
Chris served as Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook, overseeing privacy, security, and safety for the site’s 200 million users. While at Facebook, working side by side with Attorneys General from across the nation, Chris developed and implemented technology features to protect yo... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alex Padilla

Alex Padilla

Secretary of State, California
Alex Padilla was sworn in as California Secretary of State on January 5, 2015. He is committed to modernizing the office, increasing voter registration and participation, and strengthening voting rights.Padilla previously served in the California State Senate (2006-2014) where he... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
UC Hastings, LBM

10:10am

Framing the Challenges of Election Technology
Officials charged with replacing our aging election system infrastructure are tasked with many competing priorities. From the perspective of those who run elections, what are they looking for in technology? Join David Becker in a discussion with New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, EAC Chair Matt Masterson, and Denver Director of Elections Amber McReynolds about how election officials think about issues of technology in election systems.

Moderators
avatar for David Becker

David Becker

Executive Director and Founder, Center for Election Innovation & Research
David Becker is the Executive Director and Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research, leading this cutting-edge non-profit’s work to improve election administration through research, data, and technology. David created CEIR to be the first effort of its kind, wit... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Matt Masterson

Matt Masterson

Chair, Election Assistance Commission
Matthew Masterson was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). | Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Masterson served as Inter... Read More →
avatar for Amber McReynolds

Amber McReynolds

Director of Elections, Denver Elections Division
Amber McReynolds is the Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Amber has administered elections in Denver for 12 years and has worked in public policy and administration for over 16 years. Among her peers, Amber is nationally recognized as a strategic... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Secretary of State, New Mexico
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has spent her career as a public official working for greater transparency and ethics in government, fair and efficient elections, and increased voter access. First elected in 2016, Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver is focused on providi... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:10am - 11:10am
UC Hastings, LBM

11:20am

Election Technology and Privacy
Moderators
avatar for Timothy Yim

Timothy Yim

Director of Data & Privacy, Startup Policy Lab
Privacy, Data Security, Data Processing, Global Privacy Operations & Compliance, Startups, Local, State, & Federal Policy

Speakers
avatar for David Beirne

David Beirne

Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Executive with fifteen years of experience in the field of government relations, communications, project management and personnel administration; Career demonstrates an aggressive progression to senior executive level with increasing scope of responsibilities transitioning from l... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Ozer

Nicole Ozer

Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director, American Civil Liberties Union of California
Nicole A. Ozer is the Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Director for the ACLU of California. Nicole is a nationally recognized expert on issues at the intersection of privacy and government surveillance and free speech and the Internet. Nicole spearheaded the passage of the landmark California Electronic Communications Privacy Act... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room C

11:20am

Election Technology Cooperative
There is a growing movement among election technology advocates who believe that the future of election technology should be collaborative, leveraging the resources and expertise of many offices across local and state jurisdictions to drive the development of new tools. Learn how Democracy Works is organizing in this space. 

Speakers
avatar for Monica Crane Childers

Monica Crane Childers

Director of Government Services, Democracy Works
Monica is an election technology nerd with a background in digital product design and project management. As Democracy Works’ Director of Government Services she champions collaborative design, partnering with state and local officials to build low-cost, open source solutions f... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

11:20am

Building a Common Data Standard for Campaign Finance Disclosure
It’s been said so many times it’s obvious and yet…
Did you know that many states are still using hard copy forms for collecting campaign finance data...and using that as an excuse for lack of transparency?! The technology exists for real time donor disclosure, so what’s the deal with the most basic of automation when handling this data? Join a panel of top disclosure and transparency advocates as they discuss the status of implementing common data standards and the friction that belies making this information accessible to the public. 

Moderators
avatar for Dan Morain

Dan Morain

Dan Morain is the editorial page editor, political affairs columnist and editorial writer for The Sacramento Bee. Morain previously served as the communications director for the Consumer Attorneys of California and a staff writer for The Los Angeles Times. |  ... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman

President & Co-Founder, MapLight
Daniel was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2010 for his work at MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics. MapLight provides journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on... Read More →
avatar for John Pudner

John Pudner

Executive Director, Take Back Our Republic
John Pudner was the oldest of 9 children growing up in a 3 bedroom house in inner city Richmond, VA where he attended the same Catholic, military high school as Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon. Now the father of 9 children, John Pudner learned at a young age the im... Read More →
avatar for Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider

Information Systems Director, FollowTheMoney
Greg Schneider joined the Institute in June 2014 to manage the growth and development of its information systems. He works with all aspects of the Institute’s technology and helps his team support the technology needs of the Institute. Prior, Greg spent four years working on pr... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room E

11:20am

Digital Movements, Policy, and Election Technologies
With each new election season and social media algorithmic adjustment, new strategies must evolve for engaging the digital movements events inspire. As civil society becomes more aware of the role it must play in safeguarding the integrity of our elections, what advice do digital movement experts have to offer? How do they predict the emerging election integrity movement will actually impact the future administration of elections?

Moderators
avatar for Cheryl Contee

Cheryl Contee

CEO & Co-Founder, Fission Strategy
Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO and co-founder of Fission Strategy, which helps the world’s leading non-profits, foundations and social enterprises design digital ecosystems that create change globally. She is also the co-founder of groundbreaking social marketing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Collins

Brandi Collins

Campaign Director, ColorOfChange
Cross-section of experience in communications, policy research, writing and advocacy for social justice, and online organizing. Specialized in working with race, culture, class, sexuality, and gender-diverse communities, stakeholders, and decision-makers.
avatar for Betsy Hoover

Betsy Hoover

Partner, 270 Strategies
Betsy Hoover is a Founding Partner with 270 Strategies, leading the firm's digital strategy practice. She helped launch the company after serving as director of digital organizing for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she was responsible for bridging the gap between onli... Read More →
avatar for Anita Jackson

Anita Jackson

Director of Social Media Strategy, MomsRising.org
Anita Jackson is the Director of Social Media Strategy and Editor of the blog for MomsRising.org. Working across the organization, as well as with external partners, her work on social media strategic development is integrated with every campaign. Organizing in both creative and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Turk

Michael Turk

President, Opinion Mover Strategies
In his career, Michael has crossed from politics and campaigns to government and the private sector. He has created campaigns and platforms large and small, from websites to engage millions to local campaigns on narrow issues. He has spent almost 15 years living on the edge of po... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room B

11:20am

Election Technology & Cybersecurity
Concerns about election systems and processes being compromised have gone from theoretical to a reality. International cybersecurity law is still evolving, and the threats we face from cyber-enabled actors expand with every election season.
This area is rife with uncertainty. Given the United States’ fractured, and in many cases, seriously outdated systems, how likely is it that the United States’ election systems could be "hacked" and what systems are most vulnerable? Given that same fractured system, could hackers strike in a coordinated enough way to impact a national election?
Beyond the computer systems themselves, what are the weak points in the electoral process? What have our responses be to attacks been, and what should they be in the future to deter more of the same? How does this differ from cyber activity in the private sector? What can we learn from countries around the world?

Moderators
avatar for Sheera Frenkel

Sheera Frenkel

Cybersecurity Correspondent, Buzzfeed
Sheera is an incoming cybersecurity correspondent for the New York Times. She previously covered cybersecurity for BuzzFeed News, and was a Middle East Correspondent for 10 years for a variety of news organizations including NPR, the Times, and McClatchy Newspapers.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Brady

Thomas Brady

Former Senior Advisor, United States Congress
Thomas is a long time advisor to the U.S. Senate on national security and foreign policy issues, and a veteran of U.S. Army Special Operations. He is a graduate of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.
avatar for Elvis Chan

Elvis Chan

Supervisory Special Agent, FBI San Francisco
SSA Chan manages a squad responsible for investigating national security cyber matters. He is a decorated agent who is recognized within the Intelligence Community as a cyberterrorism expert. SSA Chan was the lead agent on significant cyber investigations and managed joint counte... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Gleicher

Nathaniel Gleicher

Head of Cybersecurity Strategy, Illumio
Nathaniel Gleicher is trained as a computer scientist and a lawyer, and works at the intersection of technology, policy, and law. He has taught computer programming, designed and developed custom e-commerce and database solutions, built and secured computer networks, investigated... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith

President, Verified Voting
Pamela Smith is President of Verified Voting. She provides information and public testimony on verified voting issues at federal and state levels throughout the US, including to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. She oversees an extensive information resource on election equipment and the regulations governing its use at the federal level and across the 50 states. Ms. Smith is co-editor of the... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

12:50pm

Exposing Patterns of Influence
In a political system awash with wealthy special interests, people need sources of information they can trust that can reveal money’s influence. Daniel G. Newman, President & Co-Founder of MapLight, will demonstrate and discuss some of MapLight’s tools for bringing greater transparency to the connections between money and politics. This case study will highlight MapLight’s software for the California Secretary of State and its Voter’s Edge tool, an online voting guide created in partnership with the League of Women Voters of California. Learn how MapLight’s software combines nonpartisan data on campaign contributions and votes to show patterns of influence and how Voter’s Edge helped over two million voters make more informed choices in November 2016.To enable screen reader support, press shortcut ⌘+Option+Z. To learn about keyboard shortcuts, press shortcut ⌘slash.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Newman

Daniel Newman

President & Co-Founder, MapLight
Daniel was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2010 for his work at MapLight, a nonpartisan research organization that reveals money’s influence on politics. MapLight provides journalists and citizens with transparency tools that connect data on... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

12:50pm

Civic Engagement: Power in the Voter's Hand
Civic engagement is an alchemy of information and relationships. In this panel we’ll learn about different projects that provide information and connections to make casting ballots accessible and attractive. 

Moderators
avatar for Kate Catherall

Kate Catherall

Founder, CHORUS
Kate Catherall is an engagement strategist with nearly a decade of experience in building campaigns for causes and candidates. A proud Obama '08 and '12 alum, Kate's roots are in electoral organizing including two presidentials, a gubernatorial, a senate race, and two congression... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Debra Cleaver

Debra Cleaver

Founder and CEO, Vote.org
Debra has over a decade of experience using web-based technologies to increase voter engagement, first with Swing the State, then Long Distance Voter, and now as the Founder and CEO of Vote.org. Debra started Long Distance Voter in January 2008 with the goal of providing resource... Read More →
avatar for Bobby Goodlatte

Bobby Goodlatte

Founder & CEO, Openvote
Bobby spent four years as a product designer at Facebook where he worked on user growth, Facebook Chat, and Facebook Photos. His work on user growth mechanics substantially boosted Facebook’s registration and retention rates and he is a frequent speaker on growth mechanics and... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Peha

Joseph Peha

Online & Visual Media Strategist, City of Seattle
Joseph is an online and visual media strategist for the Seattle City Council and previously served as the staffer to the Chair of the House Finance Committee in Washington State. He’s been fortunate to work in the nexus of government and technology for years, with a focus on ma... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room C

12:50pm

Opening Ballot Data

With 50 states and thousands of local elections administering authorities, elections software will need to interact with a vast number of public datasets. Common data standards are needed to make information about ballots accessible to developers. What is the state of developing these common data standards and opening the data, and what’s next?


Moderators
avatar for Tammy Patrick

Tammy Patrick

Senior Advisor for the Elections program, Democracy Fund
Tammy helps lead the Democracy Fund’s efforts to foster a voter-centric elections system and work to provide election officials across the country with the tools and knowledge they need to best serve their voters. Previously, Tammy was with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), where she worked to promote the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donny Bridges

Donny Bridges

Director of Civic Data, Center for Technology and Civic Life
Donny Bridges is Co-founder and Director of Civic Data at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to joining CTCL, Donny was the Election Administration Research Director at the New Organizing Institute, where he developed his obsession with local government and its data... Read More →
avatar for Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen

Director of Operations and Co-Founder, The Center for Election Innovation & Research
Amy Cohen is the Director of Operations and Co-Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research. Previously, she was an officer with the elections program at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she managed the Voting Information Project (VIP). She oversaw the technical assist... Read More →
avatar for Jen Tolentino

Jen Tolentino

Director of Policy & Civic Tech, Rock the Vote
Jen Tolentino is Rock the Vote’s Director of Policy & Civic Tech. She oversees the continued development of its free, open source civic tech resources, manages external partnerships, and spearheads all voting rights, election administration, and technology policy work... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room B

12:50pm

GET Procured

Tech is still eating the world. How can entrepreneurs build products and services that are attractive acquisition targets for government. Bring your questions and gain insight from companies and organizations who have successfully sold and licensed their products to government entities and others.


Moderators
avatar for Charles Belle

Charles Belle

CEO/Founder, Startup Policy Lab
Charles Belle is the founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. Charles works in the area of legal informatics – applying technology to collect, organize, manage, and leverage legal informati... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Monica Crane Childers

Monica Crane Childers

Director of Government Services, Democracy Works
Monica is an election technology nerd with a background in digital product design and project management. As Democracy Works’ Director of Government Services she champions collaborative design, partnering with state and local officials to build low-cost, open source solutions f... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is dedicated to innovation with purpose. She guides her organization toward a single combined vision and mission: Every Citizen is a Voter. | | As Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan heads the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Vote Fou... Read More →
avatar for Andrew McMahon

Andrew McMahon

Director of Strategic Partnerships, dcode42
Former Obama appointee focused on technology policy and building sustainable innovation in government. For six years, Andrew worked to change how the federal government invests in people, technology and process so that it can better serve the public and businesses. | | Built 18F... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room E

12:50pm

An Informed Discussion of Online Voting
You might think that giving people the ability to vote online would solve a lot of problems. Unfortunately it's not that simple. The good news is that there is actual federally funded research regarding the feasibly of online voting, so we can have an informed, research based conversation about the challenges. The bad news is that many of the issues are not technical, but legal, administrative, and political.

Moderators
avatar for David Beirne

David Beirne

Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Executive with fifteen years of experience in the field of government relations, communications, project management and personnel administration; Career demonstrates an aggressive progression to senior executive level with increasing scope of responsibilities transitioning from l... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Dill

David Dill

Professor, Computer Science, Stanford University
Dill has interests in computational systems biology as well as the theory and application of formal verification techniques to system designs, which encompass hardware, protocols, and software. He has also done research in asynchronous circuit verification and synthesis, and in v... Read More →
avatar for Joe Kiniry

Joe Kiniry

CEO and Chief Scientist, Free & Fair
Dr. Kiniry is the CEO and Chief Scientist of Free & Fair, a Galois spin-out focusing on high-assurance elections technologies and services. He is also the Research Lead at Galois of several programs: Rigorous Software Engineering, Verifiable Elections, High-assurance Cryptography... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Miller

Gregory Miller

Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, OSET Institute
Gregory is one of two co-founders and Chief Development Officer for the U.S. based Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute, a non-profit 501.c.3 public benefit corporation headquartered in the Silicon Valley. He leads all aspects of the Institute's resource development, corporate partner R&D alliances, public outreach, election official stakeholder relations, and government and legal affairs. OSET is an election technology research and development institute working with elections officials across the country to create publicly available election technology to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes and because we all deserve a better voting experience. The mission is simple: increase integrity; improve turnout; and lower taxpayer cost. The strategy is delivery. To do this, the Institute is tackling the lack of verifiable, accurate, secure and transparent publicly available election technology primarily in the U.S., but with intentions of global availability. The Institute's flagship effort – known as the... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

2:00pm

Regaining Public Trust in Elections
For many election integrity advocates, claims of massive voter fraud was a call to action. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is at the leading edge of a growing number of officials who believe it is up to the states to rebuild voter confidence in our institutions, especially our elections systems. Join tktk in a fireside chat with Secretary Williams about how he is engaging the public using principles of innovation and transparency to foster a renewed trust.

Moderators
avatar for Thomas Brady

Thomas Brady

Former Senior Advisor, United States Congress
Thomas is a long time advisor to the U.S. Senate on national security and foreign policy issues, and a veteran of U.S. Army Special Operations. He is a graduate of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Speakers
avatar for Wayne Williams

Wayne Williams

Secretary of State, State of Colorado
Wayne Williams was elected Colorado’s 38th Secretary of State in 2014. Williams’ commitment to public service and civic engagement began with his service as a full‐time missionary in Alaska, and led him to serve on multiple state and local advisory committees, as a county c... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Hastings, LBM

3:10pm

Good Government, Good Business
The overlap between election technology and tech industry innovations makes one thing abundantly clear: the future of our elections systems rests in the ability of government and the private sector to come together for the common good. Skeptics will cite tensions between shareholder and civic interests, or between bureaucracy and efficiency, as a reason for doubt. But what about the possibilities? What are people who have had to negotiate the differences between public and private sector sensibilities most optimistic about, and what inflection points are they paying attention to?

Moderators
avatar for Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Staff Writer, Government Technology
Ben Miller is the business beat staff writer for Government Technology. His reporting experience includes breaking news, business, community features and technical subjects. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Farley

Shannon Farley

Executive Director, Fast Forward
Shannon Farley is an experienced social entrepreneur who believes in the power of technology for social justice. Currently, Shannon is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fast Forward, the first and only accelerator exclusively for tech nonprofits. Through her work at Fa... Read More →
avatar for Lenny Mendonca

Lenny Mendonca

Director, McKinsey & Company
Lenny Mendonca is a director emeritus (retired senior partner) from the Washington D.C. and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He is a Lecturer at the Stanford Business School, and a senior fellow at the Presidio Institute. He is also an advisor to several entrepreneurs. | | He founded... Read More →
avatar for Larry Moore

Larry Moore

Founder & CEO, Clear Ballot
Larry brings 25 years of executive experience in mission-critical software to a new mission: building innovative election tools. As a seasoned software professional, Larry recognized how technology can make its best contributions to the nation's elections, and his concept of the... Read More →
avatar for Chris Vein

Chris Vein

Former Deputy CTO, The White House


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room E

3:10pm

Reality Check With Local Election Officials
In this session, local election officials will reflect on the feasibility of election technology ideas shared throughout the first day of the conference. They will also discuss the challenges and opportunities they face in maintaining, deploying and upgrading voting systems to ensure their security and reliability, and how the tech industry and philanthropic community could help meet current and future election technology needs.

Moderators
avatar for Kim Alexander

Kim Alexander

Founder & President, California Voter Foundation
A dedicated advocate for voters everywhere, passionate about informing voters, promoting elections and participation and finding innovative and sensible ways to incorporate technology into the voting and election process. Other passions include jamming, camping, swimming, traveli... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cathy Darling Allen

Cathy Darling Allen

County Clerk, Shasta County
Cathy Darling Allen has served as the Shasta County Clerk and Registrar of Voters since 2004. Appointed to fill the remaining term of retiring County Clerk Ann Reed, Cathy was elected to her third term of office in 2014. She has overseen the administration of 24 elections and cou... Read More →
avatar for Chris Jerdonek

Chris Jerdonek

President, San Francisco Elections Commission
Co-founder, Shotwell Labs. Software developer. President, San Francisco Elections Commission. Math PhD.
avatar for Amber McReynolds

Amber McReynolds

Director of Elections, Denver Elections Division
Amber McReynolds is the Director of Elections for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Amber has administered elections in Denver for 12 years and has worked in public policy and administration for over 16 years. Among her peers, Amber is nationally recognized as a strategic... Read More →
avatar for Gail Pellerin

Gail Pellerin

County Clerk, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections
Gail Pellerin is the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. She was appointed to the position in July 2004 after serving as the county's Elections Manager since 1993. She was elected to her third 4-year term on June 3, 2014. Pellerin has more than 31 years of experience in... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room B

3:10pm

The EAC and Critical Infrastructure
In this panel, Thomas Hicks, Vice Chair of the Election Assistance Commission, will give a brief overview of how the EAC has the authority to help states in the administration of elections. Vice Chairman Hick will also share his perspectives on looking forward to the federal elections of 2018 and presidential election in 2020.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Hicks

Thomas Hicks

Vice-Chair, Election Assistance Commission


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room C

3:10pm

What Does it Mean for Voting Machinery to be Designated "Critical Infrastructure?"
In designating our nation's election equipment critical infrastructure, President Obama prioritized the protection of voting machinery as a national security issue. And with the recent executive order, the current Administration seems to be doubling down as well. What does this mean for the agencies now tasked with that responsibility, and how do security experts anticipate its implementation will unfold?

Moderators
avatar for Joe Kiniry

Joe Kiniry

CEO and Chief Scientist, Free & Fair
Dr. Kiniry is the CEO and Chief Scientist of Free & Fair, a Galois spin-out focusing on high-assurance elections technologies and services. He is also the Research Lead at Galois of several programs: Rigorous Software Engineering, Verifiable Elections, High-assurance Cryptography... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Elvis Chan

Elvis Chan

Supervisory Special Agent, FBI San Francisco
SSA Chan manages a squad responsible for investigating national security cyber matters. He is a decorated agent who is recognized within the Intelligence Community as a cyberterrorism expert. SSA Chan was the lead agent on significant cyber investigations and managed joint counte... Read More →
avatar for Neil Jenkins

Neil Jenkins

Chief of Policy and Planning, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Office of Cybersecurity & Communications
Dr. Jenkins is the Chief of Policy and Planning at the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center (NCCIC) in the National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) Office of Cybersecurity & Communications (CS&C). In this position, he ensures that NCCIC operations are aligned with National and Departmental strategy and policy, works with the interagency on operational planning, and leads outreach to NCCIC stakeholders. Previously, he was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Strategy... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

4:20pm

Getting Started with Data Visualizations in Tableau
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how to connect various data sets to Tableau’s powerful data visualization tools. We will walk through various ways to analyze and interpret data to distill insights and reveal trends in your data.  

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Fonseca

Leigh Fonseca

President, LivingData
LivingData is doing "Good Works With Data" and providing Information-Based Accelerated Decision Making to businesses around the country, allowing strategic decision-makers to swiftly understand their business, problems, customers and opportunities to grow, manage change and mitig... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

4:20pm

A Roundtable Discussion on The Business of Voting: Market Structure and Innovation in the Election Technology Industry
The Wharton School and OSET Institute collaborated on research and development of a first-ever industry study for voting equipment; that is, the “Business of Voting.” The first objective of the Report was to compile a set of facts about the industry, including market players, revenue, profitability, and competitive dynamics. The second objective was to provide an original analysis of industry dynamics that can shed light on what has prevented this sector of government I.T. from enjoying the level of innovation seen in other technology sectors. This session will consider a key observation: that a long-term solution to the voting machine crisis is unlikely until policymakers and market actors address underlying business issues and take steps to catalyze changes in the election technology industry to bring about innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Caulfield

Matthew Caulfield

Election Technology Industry Researcher, The Wharton School
Matt is a Ph.D. student in Ethics & Legal Studies and George James Doctoral Fellow at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before entering the Ph.D. program, he graduated with a B.S. summa cum laude from the Wharton School, with specializations in Management and... Read More →
avatar for Gregory Miller

Gregory Miller

Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, OSET Institute
Gregory is one of two co-founders and Chief Development Officer for the U.S. based Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute, a non-profit 501.c.3 public benefit corporation headquartered in the Silicon Valley. He leads all aspects of the Institute's resource development, corporate partner R&D alliances, public outreach, election official stakeholder relations, and government and legal affairs. OSET is an election technology research and development institute working with elections officials across the country to create publicly available election technology to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes and because we all deserve a better voting experience. The mission is simple: increase integrity; improve turnout; and lower taxpayer cost. The strategy is delivery. To do this, the Institute is tackling the lack of verifiable, accurate, secure and transparent publicly available election technology primarily in the U.S., but with intentions of global availability. The Institute's flagship effort – known as the... Read More →
avatar for Pamela Smith

Pamela Smith

President, Verified Voting
Pamela Smith is President of Verified Voting. She provides information and public testimony on verified voting issues at federal and state levels throughout the US, including to the US House of Representatives Committee on House Administration. She oversees an extensive information resource on election equipment and the regulations governing its use at the federal level and across the 50 states. Ms. Smith is co-editor of the... Read More →



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

4:20pm

Philanthropic Foundations in the Elections Technology Market

Elections Technology is positioned to become an emerging growth market for advocates and nonprofits. Discover how foundations such as the Hewlett Foundation and Tides engage with organizations working in election technology. What do foundations look for in these types of startups? What trends are they looking to fund? What insights can foundations provide founders interested in this new market?


Moderators
avatar for Charles Belle

Charles Belle

CEO/Founder, Startup Policy Lab
Charles Belle is the founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. Charles works in the area of legal informatics – applying technology to collect, organize, manage, and leverage legal informati... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jean Parvin Bordewich

Jean Parvin Bordewich

Program Officer, Madison Initiative, Hewlett Foundation
Jean Parvin Bordewich is a Program Officer for the Madison Initiative at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants related to U.S. democracy reform, with a particular emphasis on strengthening the institution of Congress and reform of electoral s... Read More →
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Amanda Keton

General Counsel, Tides
As Tides General Counsel, Amanda keeps Tides in legal compliance, oversees Tides grantmaking operations, and manages organizational risk so our partners can focus on making social change. Amanda also serves as Managing Director for The Advocacy Fund, the 501(c)(4) entity in the T... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

4:20pm

Risk Limit Auditing
Moderators
avatar for Josh Benaloh

Josh Benaloh

Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft
Josh Benaloh is Senior Cryptographer at Microsoft Research, an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington, and an elected Director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. He holds an S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degre... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gail Pellerin

Gail Pellerin

County Clerk, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections
Gail Pellerin is the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. She was appointed to the position in July 2004 after serving as the county's Elections Manager since 1993. She was elected to her third 4-year term on June 3, 2014. Pellerin has more than 31 years of experience in... Read More →
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Philip Stark

Associate Dean, Divison of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
Philip B. Stark is the Associate Dean, Division of Mathematical and Physical Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He served on California Secretary of State Bowen’s Post Election Audit Standards Working Group. He developed the notion of “risk-limiting audits... Read More →
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Vanessa Teague

Senior Lecturer in Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
Vanessa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at at The University of Melbourne. She did her Bachelor's Degree at The University of Melbourne and her Ph.D. in cryptography and game theory at Stanford University. | | Her main research interes... Read More →
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Wayne Williams

Secretary of State, State of Colorado
Wayne Williams was elected Colorado’s 38th Secretary of State in 2014. Williams’ commitment to public service and civic engagement began with his service as a full‐time missionary in Alaska, and led him to serve on multiple state and local advisory committees, as a county c... Read More →


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

4:20pm

Cybersecurity and US Elections
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.

Speakers
avatar for J. Alex Halderman

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

6:00pm

Happy Hour Networking Event - Open
Relaxed networking event. Open to everyone.

Moderators
avatar for Charles Belle

Charles Belle

CEO/Founder, Startup Policy Lab
Charles Belle is the founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. Charles works in the area of legal informatics – applying technology to collect, organize, manage, and leverage legal informati... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dirty Water 1355 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103
 
Thursday, May 18
 

9:00am

The Next Challenge for Social Citizenry

2016 saw a marked increase in the number and kinds of companies providing voter registration and other election information. What can be learned from their experience? What role do these companies see themselves playing in 2018 or even 2017?


Moderators
avatar for Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen

Director of Operations and Co-Founder, The Center for Election Innovation & Research
Amy Cohen is the Director of Operations and Co-Founder of the Center for Election Innovation & Research. Previously, she was an officer with the elections program at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she managed the Voting Information Project (VIP). She oversaw the technical assist... Read More →

Speakers
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Dave Barmore

Public Policy, Uber
Dave is a Senior Public Policy Associate at Uber and is currently leading the company’s Democratic federal lobbying efforts. Last fall, he coordinated the company's GOTV efforts in the US. Prior to joining Uber, Dave represented a variety of technology clients at the Podesta Gr... Read More →
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Tom Tarantino

Public Policy, Twitter
Tom is a former Army Officer and Policy Chief at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He is responsible for managing Twitter's #PAC, relations with U.S. state and city governments, and leading Twitter's global disaster response program


Thursday May 18, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
UC Hastings, LBM

10:10am

Understanding Wait Times in Polling Places

The sight of voters waiting in long lines to cast their ballots in the 2012 election prompted President Obama to launch his bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration.  One consequence of the Commission’s work has been a four-year-long effort uniting election officials and researchers to identify where problems exist in accommodating all voters who wish to exercise the franchise. Join a discussion of how a mix of web-based technologies and low-tech solutions helped diminish the problem of long lines in 2016 — and how new efforts to harness technology might improve the experience of voters even further in 2020.


Speakers
avatar for Leigh Fonseca

Leigh Fonseca

President, LivingData
LivingData is doing "Good Works With Data" and providing Information-Based Accelerated Decision Making to businesses around the country, allowing strategic decision-makers to swiftly understand their business, problems, customers and opportunities to grow, manage change and mitig... Read More →
avatar for Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart

Professor of Political Science, MIT
Charles Stewart III is the Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science at MIT, where he has taught since 1985, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research and teaching areas include congressional politics, elections, and American political... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:10am - 11:10am
UC Hastings, Room E

10:10am

Design and Innovation in Government
Can the best ideas in design and technology be applied to government and elections? You might be surprised to learn that they already are. Join us for a conversation about the meaning of innovation, success stories from all levels of government, what it takes to foster innovation, and ideas for future opportunities. Find out where government is taking inspiration from the business sphere, and where it’s leading the way.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Bonk

Sarah Bonk

Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, DisruptDC
Bonk is the chief strategy officer of DisruptDC, a nonpartisan, nonprofit alliance of business leaders with a vision of better government based in DC and SF. Previously, she worked in design, technology, and leadership roles at Apple for 14+ years, where her last role was leading a team of 50... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell

Co-Director, Center for Civic Design
Dana brings deep experience in civic design, starting with research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the use of language in instructions on ballots (with Ginny Redish), and work on standards and testing for poll worker documentation for the Volunt... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Henry

Sarah Henry

UX Strategist, Accela
Sarah works as a UX Strategist for Accela, a civic and government technology company. Her work there focuses on creating data-driven design methods for digital civic infrastructure and service delivery. A systems thinker, her interaction design career has spanned a wide variety o... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Hitchcock

Meredith Hitchcock

Meredith is the COO at RideAlong, a government technology startup. RideAlong builds law enforcement software that enables police officers to access tailored information so they can divert people with mental illnesses away from jails and ERs. Prior to co-founding RideAlong, Meredi... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:10am - 11:10am
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

10:10am

Roundtable on Local Elections: Perspectives on their Decline and Revival
Local elections, or “down-ballot races” as they are sometimes called, are fast becoming a heated topic on the minds of a growing numbers citizens, advocacy groups, party organizations and campaigners. This session will take on this multi-faceted topic and breakdown the factors that are contributing to the careening decline in participation and moreover, what should be done to reverse the trend. Various perspectives will be approached through a lively roundtable format that will encourage a spirited discussion and audience participation.

Moderators
avatar for Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is dedicated to innovation with purpose. She guides her organization toward a single combined vision and mission: Every Citizen is a Voter. | | As Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan heads the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Vote Fou... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Anzia

Sarah Anzia

Michelle J. Schwartz Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California Berkeley
Sarah Anzia is a political scientist who studies American politics with a focus on state and local government, elections, interest groups, political parties, and public policy. Her book, Timing and Turnout: How Off-Cycle Elections Favor Organized Groups, examines how the timing of elections can be manipulated to affect both voter turnout and the composition of the electorate, which, in turn, affects election outcomes and public policy. She also studies the role of government employees and public-sector unions in elections and policymaking in the U.S. In addition, she has written about the politics of public pensions, women in politics, the historical development of electoral institutions, and the power of political party leaders in state legislatures. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, the... Read More →
avatar for Rod Diridon Jr.

Rod Diridon Jr.

City Clerk and City Auditor, City of Santa Clara
Rod Diridon, Jr. was elected City Clerk for the City of Santa Clara in 2004 and appointed to the additional role of City Auditor in 2007.  As the City Clerk and Auditor, Diridon works with City and community partners to implement Santa Clara’s Helen Putnam Award-winning ethics and community engagement... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Marschall

Melissa Marschall

Professor of Political Science, Rice University
Melissa Marschall, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Rice University and a Rice faculty scholar at the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Her research focuses on urban politics and policy, education policy, political behavior and representation mostly in the... Read More →
avatar for Gail Pellerin

Gail Pellerin

County Clerk, Santa Cruz County Clerk/Elections
Gail Pellerin is the Santa Cruz County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. She was appointed to the position in July 2004 after serving as the county's Elections Manager since 1993. She was elected to her third 4-year term on June 3, 2014. Pellerin has more than 31 years of experience in... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:10am - 11:10am
UC Hastings, Room B

10:10am

A Guided Tour of ElectOS the Open Source Election Operating System
The nonprofit OSET Institute's TrustTheVote Project is building ElectOS, a comprehensive open source software platform for a 21st-century election administration and voting system. User-centric design and security-centric engineering guide ElectOS development. The work is based on input from hundreds of elections officials to create a more verifiable, accurate, secure, and transparent system. OSET CTO John Sebes will guide you through a high-level visual tour of the platform.

Speakers
avatar for John Sebes

John Sebes

Co-Founder & CTO, OSET Institute
John has been a software developer, technical consultant, and CTO, working in several areas - network infrastructure, application frameworks, embedded systems, critical infrastructure, datacenter operations - with strong common themes of risk management, security, privacy, and reliability. Innovation and tech transfer have been another consistent theme, in settings as varied as government-funded... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:10am - 11:10am
UC Hastings, Room B1

11:20am

Open Source Tools in Election Technologies
Is open source software the future of election technology? From voter registration to updating voting machines, open source has taken the election space by storm. The nation wide movement received a huge boost when San Francisco committed to adopting open source infrastructure by 2020. But the opportunities of open source software faces a host of challenges, legal, cultural, and technical. This all-star panel is a must attend for anyone thinking about building open source tools in election technology.

Moderators
avatar for Iain Padley

Iain Padley

Director of Stakeholder Relations, OSET Institute
Iain is the Director for election official (stakeholder) outreach and relations management. In that capacity he is responsible for communicating with 200 elections officials across the nation who provide input on requirements for verifiable, accurate, secure, and transparent ele... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Jerdonek

Chris Jerdonek

President, San Francisco Elections Commission
Co-founder, Shotwell Labs. Software developer. President, San Francisco Elections Commission. Math PhD.
avatar for Stephanie Singer

Stephanie Singer

Project Lead, Free & Fair
Talk to me about anything in the intersection of government and data! I'm a data strategist (Math Ph.D., used to teach at Haverford College) and defender of democracy (former Chair of the Philadelphia County Board of Elections), now working with Free & Fair to provide the secure... Read More →
avatar for Jen Tolentino

Jen Tolentino

Director of Policy & Civic Tech, Rock the Vote
Jen Tolentino is Rock the Vote’s Director of Policy & Civic Tech. She oversees the continued development of its free, open source civic tech resources, manages external partnerships, and spearheads all voting rights, election administration, and technology policy work... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room E

11:20am

Technologies that Empower Voters with Disabilities

Democracy works only if it is accessible to everyone. Alternate Format Ballots and Remote Ballot Marking tremendously increase the participation of voters with disabilities in states that allow these innovations. Learn how remote ballot marking has worked within an already existing absentee ballot system, what tools blind voters use, and how other assistive devices that people with disabilities already have in their homes could be used to enable their full participation in elections.


Speakers
avatar for John Schmitt

John Schmitt

President, Five Cedars Group, Inc.
John Schmitt has been actively involved in Remote Ballot Marking systems since 2007. His company, the Five Cedars Group, produces HTML and large print ballots for all thirty-six Oregon counties. The Alternate Format Ballot process supports the needs of voters with disabilities, a... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room C

11:20am

How Do We Get Past Partisanship?
Elections in the US are undeniably partisan, despite President George Washington imploring the other Founders to avoid the "falsehood, detraction, and calumny" of faction. How has partisanship been avoided or overcome in public-private projects? What nonpartisan lessons can help us all meet the challenges of modernizing and securing the integrity of American elections?

Moderators
avatar for Kate Gordon

Kate Gordon

Senior Advisor, The Henry M. Paulson Institute
Kate Gordon is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of clean energy and economic development. She currently serves as Senior Strategist for Tech4America, as well as Senior Advisor for the Paulson Institute, where she provides overall strategy and coordination for th... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Travis Allen

Travis Allen

Legislator, California State Assembly
Travis Allen has represented California’s 72nd Assembly District since 2012. Before joining the Assembly, Travis owned a small business helping people as a financial planner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cal State Long Beach, and has also studied at Cal State... Read More →
avatar for Jim Green

Jim Green

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Salesforce
Jim founded and led Tech4Obama over the past election cycle, working very closely with Tech community, organizing and leveraging the broad support of the community around the President’s reelection. Prior to the campaign, Jim worked as a finance consultant, fundraising through... Read More →
avatar for George

George "Duf" Sundheim

Principal, GPS Mediation
Duf Sundheim has been active in Republican Party politics since he served as a page in the Illinois State Legislature at age 18. Mr. Sundheim’s focus has been government reform and increased citizen participation in the political process. As Chairman of the California Republican Party (2003-07) Duf played a critical role in the only successful recall of a sitting governor in modern history... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

11:20am

Leveraging Off the Shelf Tools to Modernize Elections
How might election officials -- especially those from under-resourced jurisdictions -- find and use technology to promote civic engagement and make voting easier. In this session we'll discuss tech solutions for election data collection, resource allocation, and communication that any election office can afford.

Speakers
avatar for Tiana Epps-Johnson

Tiana Epps-Johnson

Founder & Executive Director, Center for Technology and Civic Life
Tiana Epps-Johnson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Prior to CTCL, she was the New Organizing Institute's Election Administration Director. She and her team provide resources and training to support local election administrators i... Read More →
avatar for Whitney May

Whitney May

Director Of Government Services, Center for Technology and Civic Life
Whitney May is Co-founder and Director of Government Services at the Center for Technology and Civic Life. Her primary focus is on ELECTricity, a learning community of local election officials who use technology to improve our democracy. Prior to CTCL, Whitney served the Durham C... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 11:20am - 12:20pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

12:50pm

Election Technologies Built on Open Data

As more public data becomes available, more entrepreneurs are accessing that data to build elections technology software. What are some of the products these entrepreneurs are building, and what do they see as untapped opportunities?


Moderators
avatar for Kim Alexander

Kim Alexander

Founder & President, California Voter Foundation
A dedicated advocate for voters everywhere, passionate about informing voters, promoting elections and participation and finding innovative and sensible ways to incorporate technology into the voting and election process. Other passions include jamming, camping, swimming, traveli... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is dedicated to innovation with purpose. She guides her organization toward a single combined vision and mission: Every Citizen is a Voter. | | As Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan heads the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Vote Fou... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Peha

Joseph Peha

Online & Visual Media Strategist, City of Seattle
Joseph is an online and visual media strategist for the Seattle City Council and previously served as the staffer to the Chair of the House Finance Committee in Washington State. He’s been fortunate to work in the nexus of government and technology for years, with a focus on ma... Read More →
avatar for Kathryn Peters

Kathryn Peters

Co-Founder, Democracy Works
Kathryn Peters is a co-founder of Democracy Works, an organization that brings the awesomeness of the Internet to the process of voting. Her belief in better democracy has taken her from campaign organizing in rural Missouri to a Master's in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Singer

Stephanie Singer

Project Lead, Free & Fair
Talk to me about anything in the intersection of government and data! I'm a data strategist (Math Ph.D., used to teach at Haverford College) and defender of democracy (former Chair of the Philadelphia County Board of Elections), now working with Free & Fair to provide the secure... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

12:50pm

Accessing State Level Campaign Finance Data
Give people the information they need to understand the influence of money in politics. Learn how to display state-level campaign finance, independent spending, and lobbying expenditure data using Follow the Money’s API.

Speakers
avatar for Greg Schneider

Greg Schneider

Information Systems Director, FollowTheMoney
Greg Schneider joined the Institute in June 2014 to manage the growth and development of its information systems. He works with all aspects of the Institute’s technology and helps his team support the technology needs of the Institute. Prior, Greg spent four years working on pr... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room E

12:50pm

Why Helping Least Likely Voters Helps Us All - The Curb Cut Effect Applied To Elections

This panel will discuss the challenges that illuminate why certain groups consistently are underrepresented in the electorate.  From language and cultural barriers to physical limitations for voters with disabilities, this panel will look at the moral, civics, and economic case for more inclusive practices and infrastructure in accommodating the diverse needs of Californians. Applying the Curb Cut Effect, which posits that laws and programs designed to benefit vulnerable groups, benefit us all, this panel will examine the barriers, solutions, and potential benefits of investing equitably in our election systems so that every American has a meaningful opportunity to participate.



Moderators
avatar for Christopher M. Brown

Christopher M. Brown

Director for Financial Security, PolicyLink
Christopher M. Brown, Director for Financial Security, leads the financial security and political mobilization efforts at PolicyLink. Previously overseeing federal policy and government affairs, he now focuses on local, state, and nationwide strategies for policies that enhance economic mobility, and serves as the Co-Chair of the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Deanna Kitamura

Deanna Kitamura

Project Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles
Deanna Kitamura is a Project Director of the Voting Rights Project at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles. Her work includes ensuring that counties comply with their language assistance requirements at poll sites. She is one of the co-authors of Advancing Justice’s Vo... Read More →
avatar for Dean Logan

Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County
Dean Logan has over 25 years experience in elections administration, records management and public service. Prior to moving to Southern California, Logan served as the Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services for King County, Washington, as State Elections Director f... Read More →
avatar for Fred Nisen

Fred Nisen

Supervising Attorney for Voting Rights, Disability Rights California
Fred Nisen is the supervising attorney for Disability Rights California’s (DRC’s) Voting Rights Unit, working out of its Oakland office. DRC is California’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities. Mr. Nisen has worked for DRC for the last 18 years. For the past nine years, Mr. Nisen has been working on voting issues for Disability Rights California. He currently coordinates... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Stein

Jonathan Stein

Staff Attorney and Voting Rights Program Manager, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus
Jonathan is the head of the voting rights program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and previously served as a voting rights staff attorney for the ACLU of California. He is Chair of the Board of Directors at California Common Cause, a Commissioner on the City of Oakland Public Ethics Commission, and the host of a video/podcast series on UCtv called In The Arena. While earning his MPP and JD from UC Berkeley, Jonathan served as the Student Regent on the University of... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings, Room B

12:50pm

Blockchain: Myth or Missed Opportunity?

Blockchain’s decentralized, open & cryptographic nature makes it virtually impossible to hack. But is having a tamper-proof ledger enough to protect any voting system? There are many advocates for blockchain, but what role can it actually have in election technology -- or does it have a role at all?


Moderators
avatar for Timothy Yim

Timothy Yim

Director of Data & Privacy, Startup Policy Lab
Privacy, Data Security, Data Processing, Global Privacy Operations & Compliance, Startups, Local, State, & Federal Policy

Speakers
avatar for Josh Benaloh

Josh Benaloh

Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft
Josh Benaloh is Senior Cryptographer at Microsoft Research, an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington, and an elected Director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. He holds an S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degre... Read More →
avatar for Nimit Sawhney

Nimit Sawhney

CEO & Co-Founder, Voatz
Nimit has 15+ years experience in mobile software development, information security and embedded systems including 5 yrs as the business/technical head of a R&D unit. Nimit holds a Master's degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Business Management from the Carneg... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Swislow

Daniel Swislow

Partnerships Manager and Representative to Silicon Valley, National Democratic Institute
Dan Swislow serves as partnerships manager and representative to Silicon Valley at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a $100+ million, 1,300-person, non-profit organization with programs in 70 countries that works to strengthen democratic institutions worldwide. Dan lead... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:50pm - 1:50pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

2:00pm

Voter Apathy is Rational, But Technology Can Help
Did you know there are 12 steps to vote? Studies have shown that individuals have “trigger moments,” and building effective tools to enable voting requires understanding the process of voting in terms of those trigger moments. What does it mean to design voting tools that shape those trigger moments to reduce apathy and increase voter participation? Is this a technology problem? A marketing problem? What research supports the lack of trigger moments in voter behavior?

Moderators
avatar for Kate Catherall

Kate Catherall

Founder, CHORUS
Kate Catherall is an engagement strategist with nearly a decade of experience in building campaigns for causes and candidates. A proud Obama '08 and '12 alum, Kate's roots are in electoral organizing including two presidentials, a gubernatorial, a senate race, and two congression... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Beirne

David Beirne

Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Executive with fifteen years of experience in the field of government relations, communications, project management and personnel administration; Career demonstrates an aggressive progression to senior executive level with increasing scope of responsibilities transitioning from l... Read More →
avatar for Dana Chisnell

Dana Chisnell

Co-Director, Center for Civic Design
Dana brings deep experience in civic design, starting with research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) into the use of language in instructions on ballots (with Ginny Redish), and work on standards and testing for poll worker documentation for the Volunt... Read More →
avatar for Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat

President and CEO, U.S. Vote Foundation
Susan Dzieduszycka-Suinat is dedicated to innovation with purpose. She guides her organization toward a single combined vision and mission: Every Citizen is a Voter. | | As Co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan heads the nonpartisan, nonprofit U.S. Vote Fou... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Hastings, Room E

2:00pm

Use Your Data to Tell a Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that you’ve learned how to connect data and create visualizations, let’s talk about how to create a compelling narrative. Whether you are examining emerging trends or building a case for policy change, you can leverage your data to tell a story.

Speakers
avatar for Leigh Fonseca

Leigh Fonseca

President, LivingData
LivingData is doing "Good Works With Data" and providing Information-Based Accelerated Decision Making to businesses around the country, allowing strategic decision-makers to swiftly understand their business, problems, customers and opportunities to grow, manage change and mitig... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

2:00pm

Founding and Funding CivicTech Products
Govtech gets funded because government is a paying customer. Campaign tech gets funded because campaigns are paying customers. But civic tech, by its very nature has no paying customer because requiring people to pay for access to the civic space is anathema to the notion of democracy. So if there is no paying customer, what, if any, business models are there for funding innovations in civic tech? Join leading practitioners and funders of civic tech initiatives for an open discussion of the questions of funding and scaling civic tech.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Doherty

Katie Doherty

Co-Director, Runway
Katie is Co-Director at Runway technology hub in San Francisco. Runway supports sixty plus early-stage startups through workshops, events, co-working and introductions to mentors and investors. In addition to working with startups, Runway also consults with corporations to he... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Gao

Jenny Gao

Investment Team, New York, Bessemer Venture Partners
Jenny Gao is an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners where she focuses on cloud-native infrastructure, machine intelligence, and enterprise software. Prior to joining Bessemer, she was part of the foreign exchange solutions group at State Street. Before that, she worked on busin... Read More →
avatar for Ravi Gupta

Ravi Gupta

Co-Founder, The Arena
Ravi Gupta is the Founder and former CEO of RePublic Schools, a network of public charter schools. Ravi previously served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter to Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He also spent two years working on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidentia... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Hoover

Betsy Hoover

Partner, 270 Strategies
Betsy Hoover is a Founding Partner with 270 Strategies, leading the firm's digital strategy practice. She helped launch the company after serving as director of digital organizing for the 2012 Obama for America campaign, where she was responsible for bridging the gap between onli... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Keton

Amanda Keton

General Counsel, Tides
As Tides General Counsel, Amanda keeps Tides in legal compliance, oversees Tides grantmaking operations, and manages organizational risk so our partners can focus on making social change. Amanda also serves as Managing Director for The Advocacy Fund, the 501(c)(4) entity in the T... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

2:00pm

Understanding Election Crimes
News of criminal activity surrounding our elections is making headlines, but policing authorities are not allowed to comment on ongoing investigations.

However we can look at other instances of election crime to understand how those charged with conducting these investigation approach the task. In this session Special Agent Roahn Wymar will review several case studies that the public can look to for better understanding the nature of election crimes and the process surrounding their investigation.

Speakers
avatar for Roahn Wymar

Roahn Wymar

SA Roahn Wynar is a 14 year FBI veteran who has investigated Public Corruption, Civil Right Crimes, Complex Financial Fraud, and Antitrust violation both locally and nationally. Prior to joining the FBI SA Wynar was a scientist at the University of Washington and United States Ma... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Hastings, Room B

2:00pm

Verifiable Election Technologies
Verifiable election technologies allow voters to check for themselves that their votes have been properly recorded and that all recorded votes have been properly counted. There is a wide variety of these so-called end-to-end (E2E) verifiable election systems which can be applied to many different voting scenarios – paper or electronic, poll site or remote, and even Internet voting (which a study by the U.S. Vote Foundation concluded should never be done without this technology).

This panel will offer some essential background and discuss several E2E-verifiable election systems that have been or are being built and deployed – along with their future prospects.

Moderators
avatar for Josh Benaloh

Josh Benaloh

Senior Cryptographer, Microsoft
Josh Benaloh is Senior Cryptographer at Microsoft Research, an affiliate faculty member of the University of Washington, and an elected Director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. He holds an S.B. in Mathematics from MIT and M.S., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degre... Read More →

Speakers
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Ben Adida

VP Engineering, Clever
Ben Adida is a software engineer with a passion for using technology to empower individuals. He has extensive academic and industry experience in identity and payments, voting technology, health IT, security and privacy, and Web architecture. | | Ben is VP Engineering at Cle... Read More →
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Joe Kiniry

CEO and Chief Scientist, Free & Fair
Dr. Kiniry is the CEO and Chief Scientist of Free & Fair, a Galois spin-out focusing on high-assurance elections technologies and services. He is also the Research Lead at Galois of several programs: Rigorous Software Engineering, Verifiable Elections, High-assurance Cryptography... Read More →
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Vanessa Teague

Senior Lecturer in Computing and Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
Vanessa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at at The University of Melbourne. She did her Bachelor's Degree at The University of Melbourne and her Ph.D. in cryptography and game theory at Stanford University. | | Her main research interes... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
UC Hastings, Room C

3:10pm

Why Election Technology Should Matter to Underrepresented Communities...And Everyone!
Topics like election technology and campaign finance reform come and go with each election season. And while allegations of hacking and fraud make the news, building a movement around the hard policy questions surrounding the election space has been difficult. Why is this? In this session panelists will discuss why election related policy should be near the top of every movement leader’s agenda.

Moderators
avatar for Ken Maxey

Ken Maxey

Director of External Relations, Comcast NBCUniversal
Ken Maxey has over 20 years of experience in community relations, public affairs/policy and economic development. He is a leader in consensus building, community organizing, and professional development. Ken serves on numerous boards including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, which he serves as Chair of the Board of Directors, Jobs and Housing Coalition, Spanish Speaking Citizens Foundation, National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications and the... Read More →

Speakers
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Lydia Camarillo

Vice President, Southwest Voter Registration Education Project
Lydia Camarillo serves as the vice president of Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), the largest and oldest national non-profit, nonpartisan organization of its kind, based out of San Antonio, Texas. Lydia plays a key role in developing and executing strategies for... Read More →
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Jack S. Song

Vice President, Imprenta Communications Group
Jack Song is a marketing & communications strategist for both corporate and political clients. Song has designed and executed several national integrated marketing campaigns for entertainment, startups, real estate developments, and B2C companies. These campaigns resulted in nati... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room B

3:10pm

Data Utilization in Digital Campaigns
As technology continues to transform the modern campaign industry, what trends are startups and top digital agencies planning for 2018? How will data collection and utilization further evolve citizen engagement for the next round of elections?

Moderators
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Christopher Eldred

Principal, Eldred & Pauli Strategy, LLC
Christopher Eldred is a political consultant and entrepreneur who helps forward-thinking candidates develop forward-thinking strategies. He creates data-driven field and media plans that maximize the efficiency of a campaign’s budget. A veteran of five campaigns, he has experie... Read More →

Speakers
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Mike Cassesso

Solutions Architect, Hustle
Mike Cassesso spent a decade working on campaigns, Capitol Hill and non-profits. Most recently, he was National Field Director for the DSCC, where he designed the voter contact and turnout programs. Prior to that, Mike worked on top-tier campaigns in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Misso... Read More →
avatar for Ben Coffey Clark

Ben Coffey Clark

Partner, Head of New Business & Client Services, Bully Pulpit Interactive
Ben Coffey Clark is a founding partner responsible for business development at BPI and an expert in how companies and non-profits can use lessons learned on political campaigns. He got his start in 2004 as an anti-war activist, then as a staffer on Gov. Howard Dean’s presidenti... Read More →
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Max Wood

Founder & CEO, deckapps.io
Max Wood is the founder and CEO of Deck Apps, a software company focused on helping progressive causes and campaigns by making predictive analytics more accessible, affordable, and actionable. | Before starting Deck, Max worked in campaigns, consulting, and software. As Softw... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room C

3:10pm

ReadySetVote.org - The Easiest, Fastest Way to Decide How to Vote
When it comes to voting, decision overload is everywhere. In the Seattle area, for example, there were about 40 different races on last November’s ballot. With so many decisions, voting becomes difficult and time consuming. It’s no wonder why the most common reason Americans don’t vote is because they’re too busy.

ReadySetVote.org simplifies voting decisions. Seattle-area voters can create personalized voting cheat sheets using only the sources they trust and quickly fill out their ballots. Developed just in time for the 2016 general election, ReadySetVote.org leveraged public GIS technology and political endorsements. In its debut, ReadySetVote.org created a better voting experience for users, allowed more people to vote, was translated into two additional languages and helped inform tens of thousands of voting decisions.

Speakers
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Joseph Peha

Online & Visual Media Strategist, City of Seattle
Joseph is an online and visual media strategist for the Seattle City Council and previously served as the staffer to the Chair of the House Finance Committee in Washington State. He’s been fortunate to work in the nexus of government and technology for years, with a focus on ma... Read More →
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Alejandra Tres

Executive Director, Municipal League of King County
Alejandra Tres is Executive Director of the Municipal League of King County, a voluntary civic organization dedicated to effective and responsive government.  Previously Ms. Tres was an organizer with the Sound Alliance and the NW IAF, a broad based community organizing network. ... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

3:10pm

Los Angeles and IDEO: The Voting Systems Assessment Project
Dean Logan and Matt Adams will discuss the efforts by Los Angeles county, the country's largest, to as it progresses towards the final design of the Ballot Marking Device (BMD) and continues to define the tally system and other voting system components. The final design is a product of a design evolution, born as a result of extensive qualitative research to identify voters’ preferences and address the needs of a large and complex electorate.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Adams

Matt Adams

Program Director, IDEO
As a Program Director at IDEO, Matt focuses on bringing cutting-edge products to the world in a way that fuses great hardware, software, and human-centered design. Since joining IDEO in 2000, Matt has led dozens of IDEO's most rigorous product engineering projects across the digi... Read More →
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Dean Logan

Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, Los Angeles County
Dean Logan has over 25 years experience in elections administration, records management and public service. Prior to moving to Southern California, Logan served as the Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services for King County, Washington, as State Elections Director f... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room E

3:10pm

Private Capital and Election Technology
Election technology remains an undisrupted market with huge untapped potential for outsized returns. What role can private capital play in catalyzing innovative election technology and how might companies entice private capital to invest in this space?

Moderators
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Charles Belle

CEO/Founder, Startup Policy Lab
Charles Belle is the founder and CEO of Startup Policy Lab (SPL), a nonprofit that seeks to inform better public policy driven by emergent technology. Charles works in the area of legal informatics – applying technology to collect, organize, manage, and leverage legal informati... Read More →

Speakers
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Jenny Gao

Investment Team, New York, Bessemer Venture Partners
Jenny Gao is an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners where she focuses on cloud-native infrastructure, machine intelligence, and enterprise software. Prior to joining Bessemer, she was part of the foreign exchange solutions group at State Street. Before that, she worked on busin... Read More →
avatar for Don Loeb

Don Loeb

VP of Corporate Development & Strategy, Techstars
Don Loeb fosters relationships between corporations and startups at Techstars. Don has over 15 years of operational experience - developing, scaling, mentoring, acquiring, and selling technology companies. Prior to Techstars Don was the head of business development at Typekit (acquired by Adobe... Read More →
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Antonio Mugica

CEO & Director, Smartmatic Group
Antonio co-founded Smartmatic in 2000 with the vision to create technology-based solutions that could have a profound social impact. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a small startup to become the world’s leading election technology company. As CEO, he has defined the... Read More →
avatar for Monique Woodard

Monique Woodard

Venture Partner, 500 Startups
Monique is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups investing in black and Latino entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder of Black Founders — a national community of entrepreneurs whose mission is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in tech. Previously, she was one of the first Innovation Fellows for the City of San Francisco and has helped cities use technology to innovate workforce and other civic services. She has more than 15 years of entrepreneur and operating experience in consumer, e-commerce, and civic tech. She likes art, fashion, and fly things... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

3:10pm

Bipartisanship and Private Industry in the Next Generation of Election Systems
In this panel CA Asm. Travis Allen will share his ideas on the need for bipartisanship in building the next generation of election systems, as well as the role private industry can play in the development of these technologies. 

Moderators
avatar for Lauren Harriman, Esq., CIPP/US

Lauren Harriman, Esq., CIPP/US

Lauren Harriman is the founder and CEO of Record Accuracy, a company seeking to disrupt the healthcare industry by prioritizing accurate electronic prescription medication records and an intuitive interface for practitioners. Previously, Lauren founded Tech Talk Translated, where... Read More →

Speakers
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Travis Allen

Legislator, California State Assembly
Travis Allen has represented California’s 72nd Assembly District since 2012. Before joining the Assembly, Travis owned a small business helping people as a financial planner. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Cal State Long Beach, and has also studied at Cal State... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:10pm - 4:10pm
UC Hastings, Room B2

4:20pm

Twitter Lessons From Social Media and Voter Registration
Twitter's importance in disseminating breaking news, ideas, and information is indisputable. But what else does Twitter see as its role in the civic space? To promote civic participation, Twitter engaged in the 2016 election through account focused activations, support for events, and live streaming. They also created tools to help people register to vote, find their polling location, and even learn what’s on their ballot. In this session Twitter Public Policy Manager, Tom Tarantino, reports on how they did.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Tarantino

Tom Tarantino

Public Policy, Twitter
Tom is a former Army Officer and Policy Chief at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. He is responsible for managing Twitter's #PAC, relations with U.S. state and city governments, and leading Twitter's global disaster response program


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room E

4:20pm

“Push, Pull, Spill”: Election Data and Citizen Engagement in a Global Context

The well-established importance of data in supporting electoral decision making and civic engagement is complicated by the differing approaches communities use to give meaning to data. Ensuring that data are meaningful to a local community requires clear communication about what data are being collected, by whom, and with what degree of reliability - all framed in a context of local understandings. This process of data contextualization can take many years to accomplish with a well trained workforce, let alone a transitioning government within an emerging country.

With a focus on the election processes and data in Myanmar and citizen reporting on campaign and election events in South Africa, in this session we highlight three areas where government ministries, local NGOs, citizens, and our own research have attempted to gather information about local data needs, and translate those needs into actionable programs that residents and organizations in the countries can use to support data for decision making:

 

  1. The challenges of creating, publishing, and displaying meaningful data visualizations for audiences with varying data literacies;
  2. The ‘faith-based’ nature of trust in demographic data; and,
  3. The challenges associated with making data meaningful in an age where digital information is viewed on both computers and mobile technologies


Speakers
avatar for James Long

James Long

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
James D. Long is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and a faculty affiliate at UW’s Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS), Technology and Social Change Group (TASCHA), and UC-Berkeley's Center for Effective Global Action (CE... Read More →
avatar for Chris Rothschild

Chris Rothschild

Research Scientist, Technology & Social Change Group, University of Washington
Chris Rothschild is a Research Scientist at the Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School. His work focuses on information systems and the social and economic impacts of information access to users and non-users of ICTs. Chris has used qu... Read More →
avatar for Nic Weber

Nic Weber

Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Nic Weber is an assistant professor at the University of Washington's iSchool and the Technical Director of the Qualitative Data Repository, hosted by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research focus on sustainability from a systems-thinking perspective. He is broadly interested in the idea of commons governance, and the use of public sector information (open data) for social... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room C

4:20pm

California Leadership in Election Tech
In this session California's youngest Senator leads a discussion on his vision for the future of elections in California.

Speakers
avatar for Sen. Harry Stern

Sen. Harry Stern

Henry Stern is an educator and environmental attorney, who most recently served as senior advisor to California State Senator Fran Pavley. In that capacity, he helped craft legislation to address climate change, fracking, the drought, teacher shortages, and women's health. He also spearheaded the... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings Room A 198 McAllister Street San Francisco CA 94102

4:20pm

Balancing Security and Usability
Technology can be made so secure it is unusable, the most usable platforms may very well be insecure. So how can we strike a realistic balance to ensure that we have confidence in the hardware and software of voting machinery without making it so difficult to use that significant portions of society are excluded as a result?  How much can greater usability support the voting process?  How can data help us understand more about the voter experiences?

Speakers
avatar for David Beirne

David Beirne

Director, Federal Voting Assistance Program
Executive with fifteen years of experience in the field of government relations, communications, project management and personnel administration; Career demonstrates an aggressive progression to senior executive level with increasing scope of responsibilities transitioning from l... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room B1

4:20pm

Building Collaborative Tech Communities With Impact
Collaborating on tech is something we can certainly talk about a lot, and the potential impact and needs of technology in all areas of elections is only going to increase. This panel of leaders in the tech community will talk about lessons learned in developing tech communities that have a civic impact both through private industry and public engagement, and how those lessons can be applied to enable innovation in election technology.

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Nelson

Jonathan Nelson

CEO, Hackers/Founders
Founder largest global network of tech founders with 300,000+ members across 115 cities and 45 countries. He created Silcon Valley's only Founders Co-operative with a $600M portfolio market cap first 5 years. | | He has also worked with the White House and Mayor Bloomberg's admi... Read More →

Speakers
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Catherine Bracy

Co-Founder & Executive Director, TechEquity Collaborative
Catherine was a product manager and director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. In that role she was responsible for organizing technologists to volunteer their skills to the campaign’s techno... Read More →
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Rapi Castillo

Founder/Executive Director, Progressive Coders Network
Ralph “Rapi” Castillo is the founder and executive director of the Progressive Coders Network, a network of technologists who build open-source and low-cost tools that will empower the grassroots and remove the influence of big money in politics. Through his leadership, Progr... Read More →
avatar for Brady Kriss

Brady Kriss

Founder, Ragtag
Brady Kriss is the founder of Ragtag, a group of tech volunteers helping activists, organizers, and candidates leverage technology to amplify their work. Ragtag's volunteer team helps with product design, development, support, and education so that their partner organizations can... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 4:20pm - 5:20pm
UC Hastings, Room B