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Election Security and Technology Focus at the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues

2019-10-16 @ 18:30 - 21:00 EDT

Co-sponsored by: the IEEE Washington Section and the IEEE Northern Virginia Section

The AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (EPI Center) is a new initiative designed to deliver clear, concise, and actionable scientific evidence to policymakers and other decision-makers. The EPI Center synthesizes and distills scientific evidence on key societal issues in a way that makes it clear how that evidence can inform policy-making and decisions at the local, state, and federal levels. Our first issue is voting technology and security.

In too many counties across the country, ballots are being cast on insecure electronic systems that record a voter’s selection directly to the machine’s memory and automatically tabulate votes. The scientific community has demonstrated the security vulnerabilities of these direct recording electronic systems, many of which leave no physical record of the cast vote. Many counties across the country are preparing to spend millions of dollars to replace aging voting equipment before the 2020 election while others remain unconcerned about the security of their election systems, but few are aware of the recommendations issued in 2018 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in the report Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy. We have reached out to hundreds of election officials over the last few months. Messages that focus exclusively on the computer science evidence related to cybersecurity without considering the role of behavioral science evidence fail to capture the complexity of the challenges local election officials face. This initial effort from the EPI Center reflects broader challenges of how scientists can help integrate scientific evidence into public dialogue and issues.

Speaker(s): Dr Michael Fernandez ,


6:30 PM to 7:00 PM Arrivals, Refreshments and Networking

7:00 PM Announcements and Introduction of Speaker

7:05 PM Talk with Q and A

Bldg: American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS)
1200 New York Ave NW
Use the entrance at the intersection of H and 12th St NW
Washington, District of Columbia