The Digital Authoritarians’ Toolbox: How to Protect Digital Democracy
Brittan Heller, Technology and Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School & Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP
Democracy is under attack and it needs smart defenders. This panel will describe the human cost of repressive regimes’ digital warfare, how threat actors coordinate and hide their activity, the research methods used to expose them, and the limitations of current research. Come learn how you can protect users against would-be digital dictators.
Technology's Impact on Local Elections
A panel featuring City of Madison officials, voting advocates and scholars. Topics will include the impact of technologies on campaigns and the voting process.
Maribeth Witzel-Behl, Madison City Clerk
Barry Burden, Professor of Political Science, Director, Elections Research Center
Lew Friedland, Professor of Journalism & Mass Communication, Founder, Center for Communication & Democracy
This event has been CANCELLED. Check back later this year for rescheduled information.
Tiana Epps-Johnson, Executive Director, Center for Tech and Civic Life
“Science and technology move at a rate that creates social and political problems faster than we know how to handle them– but tailoring science and technology to certain limits is not possible. Research moves without reference to limits. If we don’t go ahead, someone else will. There is a need for nontechnical people to develop a better way to handle the resulting problems.” — Bob Holtz
Bob Holtz believed that everyone in contemporary society needed to be better equipped to make informed choices about the advances in science and technology rapidly unfolding around them. The Holtz Center’s Science and the Pubic Series brings scholars from many fields together with members of the public to discuss some of the most pressing questions about the impact of science and technology on our society. Each year, the Holtz Center’s steering committee selects a topic or question and invites visiting speakers from a variety of perspectives to share their insights in a public forum.
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