Defense One's Technology Editor, Patrick Turner explained the efforts that Russia made to try to influence the 2016 election. He discussed the hacking of the DNC and efforts involving social media. He also talked about the security of voting machines.
This lesson explores the ways that states operate elections, vulnerabilities of voting machines found during a recent DEF CON report and possible ways to address these vulnerabilities.
With recent evidence that foreign governments and non-state actors made efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, Congress has investigated these actions to ensure that the United States is prepared for the 2018 midterm elections and elections in the future. This lesson provides context on this interference and has students view video clips from foreign policy and cyber experts, elected officials and cabinet members on different ways to address foreign interference in U.S. elections. The focus of this lesson is on cyber-attacks on campaign and state election commissions, influencing citizens through media and the security of voting machines.