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Foreign Election Interference in the Digital Age
October 25, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Part of the Democracy, Technology, and Security Series, presented by UC Hastings and World Affairs
Brittany Beaulieu, Fellow and Program Officer, Alliance for Securing Democracy
Stephanie Carvin, Asst. Professor of International Affairs, Carleton University
Matt Tait, Senior Cybersecurity Fellow, Robert S. Strauss Center at UT Austin
In February 2018, Admiral Michael Rogers, who was then serving as director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command, testified to Congress that the U.S. government was “probably not doing enough” to dissuade Russia from interfering in the November midterm elections. In May, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the administration would take “appropriate countermeasures” to combat what he called “continued efforts” by Russia to interfere in the elections, and said that the United States had not yet been able to establish “credible deterrence” of such attempts. How worried should we be about foreign interference in future U.S. elections via cyber operations, and how will we know whether such interference is ongoing? Matt Tait, senior cybersecurity fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and former information-security specialist at Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, witnessed the fall-out from efforts to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails in the run-up to the 2016 election. Stephanie Carvin worked as a national security analyst for the Government of Canada before joining the faculty of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Brittany Beaulieu, now at the Alliance for Securing Democracy, is a veteran of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where she worked on legislation to address Russia’s efforts to undermine democratic institutions in Central and Eastern Europe. They will discuss the convergence of international legal, diplomatic, and technical issues around questions of cross-border election interference, and what can and should be done about them.
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