Cybersecurity

Fewer Than Half of States Take These Two Election Security Precautions

The Brennan Center for Justice found only 24 states will both have voting systems that create a paper trail and require audits of the 2020 election results.

Cybersecurity

Here’s What Foreign Interference Will Look Like in 2020

The incentives for foreign countries to meddle are much greater than in 2016, and the tactics could look dramatically different.

IT Modernization

Can Voting Online Via Phone Boost Turnout?

West Virginia became the first U.S. state to use mobile voting in a federal election.

Emerging Tech

Ready or Not, Blockchain-Based Mobile Voting Is Getting Closer

Some voters in Provo and other Utah County cities will be able to cast ballots on a blockchain-powered mobile app in a pilot program for the August election.

Cybersecurity

FBI Director Names China the Nation's Most ‘Severe Counterintelligence Threat’

Russia also shows no signs of stopping its election interference efforts ahead of 2020, Christopher Wray told lawmakers.

Cybersecurity

Protecting Election Systems Will Take Much More Federal Money, Report Says

The threat of foreign interference in U.S. elections remains, so the federal government must help state and local officials shore up defenses, according to a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Cybersecurity

Lawmakers Grapple with Improving Election Security While Respecting States’ Rights

Experts say paper ballots are the way to go, but pushed back against efforts to federalize elections.

Cybersecurity

Senators Question FBI’s Response to 2016 Russian Hack of Florida Election Tech

The lawmakers also want to know how the agency is working to ensure election officials can adequately report cyber threats in 2020.

Ideas

To Fight Online Disinformation, Reinvigorate Media Policy

Disinformation, toxic speech, and polarization online are a result opaque digital information systems. The fix? We can start by updating the approach of media policy for the new environment.

Cybersecurity

Six States to Craft Election Security Plans Through National Academy

The National Governors Association-sponsored policy academy will help officials from Arizona, Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada and Virginia devise communications and response plans to deploy if their election systems come under attack.

Cybersecurity

Report: Most 2020 Candidates Aren't Using Anti-Spoofing Email Protections

By failing to take advantage of DMARC protections, candidates could expose themselves to the types of phishing attacks that hit the Democratic National Committee in 2016.

Cybersecurity

Air Force Creates CTO Role to Oversee Next-Gen Weaponry

The Air Force's new science and technology strategy for 2030 addresses increasing and evolving threats from foreign adversaries.

Cybersecurity

Misinformation Is Endangering India’s Election

The country’s political parties are spreading propaganda about their opponents to gain votes. It’s working.

Cybersecurity

2018 Midterm Elections Were ‘the Most Secure’ in U.S. History, DHS Cyber Chief Says

Government cybersecurity is also improving, CISA Director Chris Krebs said, but legacy IT is holding agencies back.

IT Modernization

New York's Online Voter Registration Will Become Accessible to Blind Voters

Websites for the board of elections and DMV must be accessible by the end of the year under the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

Cybersecurity

Russian Attacks Hit US-European Think Tank Emails, Says Microsoft

The same groups that hit the DNC recently targeted prominent think tanks, including one election-monitoring organization

Cybersecurity

Federal Officials Want Public Input on Election Tech Requirements

The most recent Voluntary Voting System Guidelines include a call for paper ballots.