Elections are a pillar of democracy and have always been expected to be open, fair and free. But are they? Allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections were a wake-up call to the world. Since then, the discussion surrounding elections has changed, with elections now being one of the most trending topics in cyber.
Political parties and election processes themselves are increasingly vulnerable to local and foreign hacking. As technology evolves and is adopted by different actors, the risks increase.
After numerous attempted cyber attacks on Israeli elections and with upcoming US presidential elections, this prudent session will analyze the cyber challenges affecting elections. What benefit and what harm does technology bring to the election process? How can digital transformation bring about false results? What about disinformation campaigns? This session will provide examples of protocols and initiatives established by countries around the world in order to mitigate cyber challenges threatening elections.