Election security expert to address voting issues in Rice webinar

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Election security expert to address voting issues in Rice webinar

HOUSTON – (Oct. 15, 2020) – Dan Wallach, a Rice University professor of computer science and of electrical and computer engineering, will hold a Zoom webinar on “Adventures in Voting Security Research” today at 4 p.m.

Dan WallachWallach is a nationally recognized expert on election security whose work on the issue has most recently been featured in Wired and by CNBC.

The webinar will explore Wallach’s research to identify vulnerabilities in existing voting systems and how security for these systems can be improved.

He will discuss how election security must resolve conflicting demands and convince voters that final tallies are correct while ensuring the evidence does not link voter identities to their votes.

Voting systems must be simple to use and inexpensive for election officials to purchase and operate. To make security even more difficult, Wallach says, voting systems must be resistant to attacks from nation-state adversaries and other hackers without requiring the same sophistication on the part of the defenders.

Who: Dan Wallach, professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering and Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

What: A Zoom webinar titled “Adventures in Voting Security Research.”

When: Thursday, Oct. 15, 4 p.m.

Registration for the webinar is required. To register, visit https://riceuniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YtLZsnl8SrqOFgIX1ZGdIg

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