Lunchtimer: Securing Elections in the Age of Disinformation
In 2016, Russia’s information influence campaign against the U.S. presidential election alerted policymakers and security officials in Western democracies to a grave new threat. Targeted cyber intrusions and online disinformation amplified across social media could influence voter preferences, undermine political candidates, and damage trust in electoral processes. Ahead of recent elections in democracies ranging from Sweden to France to Germany to Mexico, officials have grappled with the challenge of strengthening trust in elections and countering disinformation of both foreign and – as the 2020 U.S. presidential election would demonstrate – domestic origin. The participants will discuss the issues surrounding disinformation and strategies for securing elections in an open society.