EVN 2017 Symposium

Election Verification Network (EVN) Symposium
Improving Election Security: How to Anchor the Cornerstone of Democracy

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

GWU School of Engineering & Applied Science
800 22nd St. NW Washington, D.C.

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Preliminary EVN Symposium Agenda

As of 1/18/2017 (subject to change)

8:30am –  Coffee and networking

9am –  Welcome & Introductions–Dana DeBeauvoir, Travis County Clerk

9:15am –  Keynote: Elections Then and Now: A White House Perspective

Edward Felten, former Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, will describe the circumstances he inherited, how much progress was made in the Obama administration, and the best chances for success in funding and progress in the near future.

10am –  Break

10:30am –  Panel: Do We Want to Recount or Not? Presidential Election 2016

Kimball Brace, elections data expert at Election Data Services and Matt Bernhard, a computer science graduate student working with Alex Haldeman at the University of Michigan, will present their findings from the three-state recounts following the November Presidential election.

11:30am –  Panel: Tell It Like It Is: From Physics to Fake News

Politico and Washington Post reporters discuss their experience covering technical information in a polarizing, political environment during the Presidential election. The panel will answer questions such as: How did they get their best technical information?, Why can’t reporters call a lie, a lie? What is their biggest challenge?  Will they change their approach next election based on lessons learned last year?

Noon –  Lunch & Networking 

1:30pm –  Keynote 

John Carlin, former U.S. Assistant Attorney General for National Security will discuss cybersecurity, both a legal and a law enforcement perspective in elections and the effect of critical infrastructure.

2:30pm –  Special Guest Speaker:   Getting Public Relations Right in the New Administration

Scott Stapf, co-founder of  the Hastings Group public relations firm, will offer insights in putting our best foot forward in the new administration, distinguishing between offensive and defensive PR, building bridges, and words of wisdom for the future.

3:15pm –  Break

3:30pm –  Closing Keynote: The Deep Dive Report on Hacking from the Obama Administration

Get the latest update on hacking databases, sanctions, and what (?) the new administration plans to do to protect elections databases from being hacked and used against the public in the future.

4:15- 5pm –  Closing Commentary: The Takeaway

Thomas Hicks, Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission and two other surprise attendees will offer final thoughts about the comments made by speakers during the day, lessons important to EVN, and share insights on how EVN can remain helpful to our election friends.

5pm           Friends Cocktail Reception


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