USTPC HotTopics Webinar on Technology & Trust: Voting in the Electronic Age

February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Virtual - See below for details
Doug Jones et al.
ACM US Technology Policy Committee

From ACM US Technology Policy Committee:

Election 2020 put scores of social and technology issues in high relief, but few as starkly as the importance of faith in our election systems. On Thursday, February 11 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 PM EST, a panel of experts convened by ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) will explore Technology & Trust: Voting in the Electronic Age in the latest USTPC "HotTopics" webinar.
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Every 90-minute session of USTPC's new HotTopics webinar series will take attendees deep inside a pressing issue in the headlines, from artificial intelligence to quantum computing, with a focus on its implications for US law and policy. Expert panelists will provide their own insights and engage all participants in extended discussion.


Election Security Background, Resources and USTPC Engagement

Participant bios

James Hendler (Moderator), USTPC Chair, is the Director of the Institute for Data Exploration and Applications and the Tetherless World Professor of Computer, Web and Cognitive Sciences at RPI. He also heads the RPI-IBM Center for Health Empowerment by Analytics, Learning and Semantics (HEALS) and serves as a Chair of the Board of the UK’s charitable Web Science Trust. One of the originators of the “Semantic Web,” Hendler was the recipient of a 1995 Fulbright Foundation Fellowship, is a former member of the US Air Force Science Advisory Board, and is a Fellow of the AAAI, BCS, the IEEE, the AAAS and the ACM. He is also the former Chief Scientist of the Information Systems Office at the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and was awarded a US Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Medal in 2002. He is also the first computer scientist to serve on the Board of Reviewing editors for Science. In 2010, Hendler was named one of the 20 most innovative professors in America by Playboy magazine and was selected as an “Internet Web Expert” by the US government. In 2013, he was appointed as the Open Data Advisor to New York State and in 2015 appointed a member of the US Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee. In 2016, he became a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information and in 2018 became Chair of the ACM’s US Technology Policy Committee (USTPC) and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Andrew Grosso, Chair of USTPC’s Law Subcommittee, is a former Assistant US Attorney who started his law practice in Washington, DC in 1994. He is a graduate of the law school of the University of Notre Dame, and holds Master of Science degrees in both physics and computer science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. As an Assistant US Attorney, he served from 1983 through 1994 in Tampa, in the Middle District of Florida, and in Boston, in the District of Massachusetts, concentrating in the criminal prosecution of government program fraud. He founded the Department of Justice’s first health care fraud task force, and was a founding member of the Department’s national Health Care Fraud Working Group. Grosso’s practice includes the prosecution of False Claim Act whistleblower or “qui tam” cases; high-tech commercial litigation; corporate compliance matters and internal investigations; internet and privacy law; and cybersecurity and cyber litigation. He has acted as counsel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-authored the resulting “Report to the President: MIT and the Prosecution of Aaron Swartz.” Grosso has served on the Council for the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Criminal Justice Section; has chaired that Section’s Committee on Science, Technology and Forensics; and has been a member of the Committee for the International Freedom for Scientists for the American Physical Society (APS). He has been a member of the public policy committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (USACM, now USTPC) since 1996. He also twice chaired the ABA’s National Institute for CyberLaw.

Elizabeth Howard serves as senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. Her work focuses on election security. Howard regularly comments for television, radio, and print media on issues relating to election security and election administration and has testified before US House Committee on Homeland Security and in a variety of state legislatures. She has also co-authored multiple Brennan Center reports and white papers: Better Safe Than Sorry (2018); Defending Elections: Federal Funding Needs for State Election Security (2019); Trump-Russia Investigations: A Guide to Preparing for Cyberattacks; and Technical Failures: A Guide for Election Officials (2019). Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Howard served as deputy commissioner for the Virginia Department of Elections. During her tenure, she coordinated many election administration modernization projects, including the decertification of all paperless voting systems, implementation of the e-Motor Voter program, and adoption of online, paperless absentee ballot applications, for which the department received a 2017 Innovations in American Government Bright Ideas Award from the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. She previously worked as general counsel at Rock the Vote, a nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging young people in politics and as a senior associate at Sandler Reiff in Washington, DC, where she specialized in election law with a focus on voting rights, campaign finance, and postelection disputes. Howard earned her JD from the William & Mary Law School and received the Alumnus of the Year award from the William & Mary Election Law Society.

Douglas W. Jones is a computer scientist at the University of Iowa who has done extensive work on electronic voting. Jones received a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973, and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980. Jones' work on electronic voting research began in late 1994, when he was appointed to the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems. He chaired the board from 1999 to 2003, and has testified before the United States Commission on Civil Rights, the United States House Committee on Science and the Federal Election Commission on voting issues. He has observed use of electronic voting in Kazakhstan and the Netherlands, Jones was the technical advisor for the Emmy nominated HBO documentary Hacking Democracy (2006). He was a member of the ACCURATE electronic voting project from 2005 to 2011. In late 2009, the Election Assistance Commission appointed Douglas Jones to the Technical Guidelines Development Committee. With Barbara Simons, Jones co-wrote Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? (CSLI Press, 2012), a book on voting machine technology.

Barbara Simons is a former President of ACM and the founder of ACM's US Technology Policy Committee (USACM), the predecessor of USTPC. She is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering of UC Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in computer science. A fellow of ACM and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, she also received the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award, the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award, and ACM's Public Policy Award. Together with Doug Jones, she co-authored Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count? She has been on the Board of Advisors of the US Election Assistance Commission since 2008, and she co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of Department of Defense’s Internet voting project (SERVE) in 2004 because of security concerns. She was a member of the National Workshop on Internet Voting, convened by President Clinton, that conducted one of the first studies of internet voting and produced a report in 2001. She co-authored the July 2015 report of the US Vote Foundation titled The Future of Voting: End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting. She chairs the Governance Board of Verified Voting, and is retired from IBM Research.