Date(s) - 01/17/18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The 2016 United States presidential election demonstrated the vulnerability of electoral systems to outside interference. While much attention has focused on social media and leaked emails the security of voting systems themselves poses a critical threat to American democracy. The scale of this challenge was revealed in October when hackers at the DEF CON conference tested and breached – within minutes – twenty five pieces of election equipment, much of which are still in use today. Can electoral systems be secured in the digital age? How are governments around the world, and at the local, state, and federal level in the United States, preparing to meet this threat?
Senior Fellow, Future of Democracy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Gover
Doug Lute is a senior fellow for the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, and a senior advisor to Cambridge Global Advisors. From 2013-2017 Lute served as the United States’ permanent representative to NATO. A career Army officer, in 2010 Lute retired from active duty as a lieutenant general after 35 years of service. In 2007 President Bush named him as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor to coordinate the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CEO, Cambridge Global Advisors
Jake Braun is CEO of Cambridge Global Advisors and managing director of Cambridge Global Capital. Braun has worked extensively on national security and economic issues and helps to identify investment opportunities and raise capital for cybersecurity and government data analytics start-ups. He is a faculty member of the University of Chicago’s Harris School where he teaches cybersecurity policy. Braun holds a BA from Loyola University, an MA from Troy St. University, and an MA from National-Louis University.