Rice’s Wallach to testify before Congress about protecting elections from cyber, voting machine attacks
HOUSTON – (Sept. 7, 2016) – Dan Wallach, Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology at the hearing “Protecting the 2016 Elections from Cyber and Voting Machine Attacks” at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
The hearing will review the current voluntary guidelines for protecting voting and election systems, including whether such guidelines and protections are being effectively implemented in advance of the upcoming elections. The committee will also address the research and development underway to protect future voting and election systems.
Wallach, who is also a scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, is widely regarded as an expert on voting machine security. He will provide remarks and then take questions from the committee.
Who: Dan Wallach, Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, and scholar at Rice’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
What: Testimony on 2016 voting machines before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
When: 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Where: Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Joining Wallach to testify before the committee will be Charles Romine, director of the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; Tom Schedler, Louisiana secretary of state; and David Becker, executive director at the Center for Election Innovation and Research.
Wallach’s research includes computer security topics, ranging from web browsers, servers and networks to electronic voting technologies and smartphones. Prior to joining the Rice faculty, Wallach earned his Ph.D. at Princeton University and a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California-Berkeley.
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