Elections in the Era of Technological Threats and Opportunities

January 17, 2020

This symposium is co-organized by The Ohio State Technology Law Journal (OSTLJ) , the Program on Data and Governance, Election Law @ Moritz, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies.

In 2016, American technology was used to sabotage American elections in ways that shocked the nation and the world. At the same time, that same technology has been celebrated for facilitating unprecedented political organization and participation. As lawmakers, election officials, and lawyers work to protect elections across the globe, they will need a detailed understanding of the technologies at stake. What are the technological threats and opportunities for election governance in the interconnected digital environment of the 21st century? How should those threats and opportunities be affected by law, regulation, and policy?

On January 17, 2020, the Ohio State Technology Law Journal will host its annual symposium to tackle this new reality. Three panels of experts in law, computer science, political science, and journalism will address a range of topics including: proposals to improve and monitor ballot technology; state and federal reforms to secure the accuracy of the voting process; content moderation of political speech on social media sites; regulation of campaign finance, including foreign sources; and online intimidation of voters.

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