December 2016


"Rigging" the Vote? Election Security in 2016 and Beyond


On the evening of December 7th, 2016, we discussed the mounting cyber security challenges of national elections, from Wikileaks to technology vulnerabilities. Panelists included Kimberly Marten, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and a noted expert on Russia and its relations with the West; Damien Leloup, journalist at LeMonde and expert on WikiLeaks; and Susan Greenhalgh, election security expert from Verified Voting. It was moderated by Scott Handler, the Director of the International Relations program at the US Military Academy and a specialist in cyber warfare. 

Susan Greenhalgh, Verified Voting 
Susan Greenhalgh serves as Elections Specialist for Verified Voting's initiative to protect elections in the era of cyber attacks. She also works with cyber security experts and advisors at the federal level to bridge the gap between national cyber security policy and election administration. She worked closely with CNN to develop the 2006 "Democracy at Risk" series of reports on voting system integrity.    

Damien Leloup, Le Monde
Damien Leloup is the editor of Pixels, the section of the French newspaper Le Monde that covers "the digital revolutions." After studying American history and literature at Rennes University, he graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme de Lille, before starting his career at Le Monde in 2006. After a couple of years as deputy editor-in-chief, he founded Pixels, which covers a wide range of topics, from video games to computer security and the impact of social networks on our daily lives. He specializes in stories about online privacy, freedom of expression, and digital policies. 

Kimberly Marten, Barnard College 
Kimberly Marten is the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, and a faculty member of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. She directs the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations at Columbia's Harriman Institute. She has written four books, most recently Warlords: Strong-Arm Brokers in Weak States (Cornell, 2012). Her first book, Engaging the Enemy: Organization Theory and Soviet Military Innovation (Princeton, 1993) won the Marshall Shulman Prize. She is a frequent media commentator, and appeared on "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


  Generously sponsored by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation 



"Rigging" the Vote? Election Security in 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday, December 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House / Presidential Room 1  
64 Morningside Drive (Entrance at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027

This event is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by Columbia University.