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DEF CON 29 Voting Village Speaker Track

Friday, August 6, 2021

10:00 AM PT // 1:00 PM ET

Logistical Information Broadcast (Discord, Youtube, Twitch)


10:30 AM PT // 1:30 PM ET

Hacking to Save Democracy: What Technologists Need to Know About Election Administration 

Eddie Perez

11:00 AM PT // 2:00 PM ET

A Deep Dive on Vulnerability Disclosure for Election Systems

Tod Beardsley

11:30 AM PT // 2:30 PM ET

Wireless Odyssey or why is the federal government permitting devices with wireless networking capability in federally certified voting machines?

Susan Greenhalgh

12:00 PM PT // 3:00 PM ET

A Journalist’s Perspective on Fake News

Bob Sullivan

12:10 PM PT // 3:10 PM ET 



12:30 PM PT // 3:30 PM ET

Are Barcodes on Ballots Bad? 

Kevin Skoglund

1:00 PM PT // 4:00 PM ET 

Hack the Conspiracies

Barb Byrum

1:30 PM PT // 4:30 PM ET 

Kickoff Remarks (recorded in-person in Las Vegas)

Harri Hursti

Saturday, August 7, 2021

10:00 AM PT // 1:00 PM ET

Keynote Remarks

Commissioner Thomas Hicks

10:30 AM PT // 1:30 PM ET

Secrets of Social Media PsyOps 


11:00 AM PT // 2:00 PM ET

How to Weaponize RLAs to Discredit an Election

Carsten Schürmann

11:30 AM PT // 2:30 PM ET

High Turnout, Wide Margins

Brianna Lennon, Eric Fey

12:00 PM PT // 3:00 PM ET

Keeping Your Information Security Policy Up to Date

Sang-Oun Lee

12:30 PM PT // 3:30 PM ET

Social Media Security = Election Security

Sebastian Bay

1:00 PM PT // 4:00 PM ET

New Hampshire SB43 Forensic Audit

Harri Hursti

1:30 PM PT // 4:30 PM ET

Why Hacking Voters Is Easier Than Hacking Ballots

Maurice Turner

Friday, August 6, 2021

10:00 AM PT // 1:00 PM ET - Logistical Information Broadcast

Information on how to follow the live conversation on our discord channel

10:30 AM PT // 1:30 PM ET - Hacking to Save Democracy: What Technologists Need to Know About Election Administration

No technology is more consequential to democracy than election technology. When it's done well, election technology undergirds democracy and ensures that even the losers of elections respect the result. When it's done poorly, trust in democracy erodes and even the most powerful countries are shaken to their cores. 

Time to panic? No, it’s time to roll up our sleeves!

Where others might despair, we see a golden opportunity!  At no other time in our history have so many Americans of all political stripes been so focused on election integrity. We want security-minded, tech-savvy people of all genders, races, creeds, and political stripes to step up. And if we’re going to lower the temperature and bolster public confidence in election integrity, it’s critical to understand how elections are actually run, and how election technology is used. Election administration is a complex profession limited by law, policy, and specific practices.

Whether you’re new to election security, or an experienced practitioner, this presentation is a snapshot of the operating environment for election technology. Our goal is to help you learn what to anticipate, and how best to apply your technology skills in defense of democracy. Together, we can enhance election integrity and help to ensure that accurate information gets widely shared, and misinformation does not.

Speaker Biography - Eddie Perez

Eddie Perez is the Global Director of Technology Development & Open Standards for the Open Source Election Technology Institute. He is a principal liaison to the TrustTheVote Project's election officials' stakeholder community.

Eddie has a wealth of expertise in election systems design, implementation, security, usability, and standards. A veteran of the commercial election technology industry, he formerly served as director of product management for one of the three major voting systems vendors in the U.S. Now, Eddie utilizes his skills to drive open source voting technology design, as well as federal and state certification for open source technologies, and voter education initiatives.

Eddie is a regular contributor to media outlets from MSNBC news to Fox News, including The Washington Post, Associated Press, and POLITICO, to name a few. He is also an NBC News contributing elections analyst on topics of technology, practices, security, and public policy. 

Eddie speaks to policy leaders on election technology and administration, and has given testimony to several agencies and government bodies including the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and The National Conference of State Legislatures.

Eddie is co-inventor of two U.S. patents in voting technology.

Edward is on Twitter at @eddieperezTX with contributions via @OSET and @TrustTheVote

11:00 AM PT // 2:00 PM ET - A Deep Dive on Vulnerability Disclosure for Election Systems

The norms and practices of vulnerability disclosure among voting machine manufacturers and election infrastructure providers have radically changed since the first Voting Machine Hacking Village of DEFCON 25. In just a few short years, private companies in the election services sector have matured from recalcitrant, close-lipped antagonists to active and willing participants in coordinated vulnerability disclosure (CVD) with published vulnerability disclosure programs (VDPs). And yet, truly unbelievable claims about voting security have risen to the fore, and as a result, the public imagination around how cybersecurity works and what are realistic threats to election integrity seems more fanciful than ever. In this short presentation, we will explore how CVD works for voting machines and other election systems, provide guidance on how well-meaning, virtuous hackers can best interface with this niche but crucial industry, and how we can all do our part to bring some reason and rigor to the practice of information security when it comes to one of our most important institutions.

Speaker Biography - Tod Beardsley

Tod Beardsley is the Director of Research at Rapid7. He has over 30 years of hands-on security experience, stretching from in-band telephony switching to modern IoT implementations. He has held IT Ops and Security positions in large organizations such as 3Com, Dell, and Westinghouse, as both an offensive and defensive practitioner. Today, Tod directs the security research program at Rapid7, is a zealous advocate for coordinated vulnerability disclosure, is a CVE Board member, is a contributing author to a number of research papers produced by Rapid7, and is often a Travis County Election Judge in Texas. Because of this last qualifier, it is permissible to address him as “Your Honor.”

11:30 AM PT // 2:30 PM ET - Wireless Odyssey or Why is the federal government permitting devices with wireless networking capability in federally certified voting machines?

In February, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) passed new voting system standards, the federal voluntary voting system guidelines or VVSG 2.0. The new guidelines that were presented to the EAC, voted on, and adopted, had a significant change in them from the guidelines that had gone through the federally mandated public hearing and comment period. The new standards, that had not been vetted publicly, suddenly allowed the

inclusion of wireless networking devices like modems, chips or radios.

This presentation aims to tell the story of how the computer security community successfully advocated for the federal voting system standards to ban all wireless networking capability in federally certified voting systems, only to have the EAC change the publicly vetted version of the standards, in secret, behind closed doors, at the eleventh hour, at the request of the voting system vendors, to allow wireless devices. 

Speaker Biography - Susan Greenhalgh

Susan Greenhalgh is the Senior Advisor on Election Security for Free Speech For People. Ms. Greenhalgh has previously served as vice president of programs at Verified Voting and at the National Election Defense Coalition, advocating for secure election protocols, paper ballot voting systems and post-election audits. Recognized as an expert on election security, she has been invited to testify before the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and has been an invited speaker at meetings of the MITRE Corporation, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Mid-West Election Officials Conference, the International Association of Government Officials, the Election Verification Network and the E-Vote-ID conference in Bregenz, Austria. She is a frequent source for reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Politico, USA Today, Associated Press, National Public Radio and other leading news outlets. She has appeared on CNN and MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, and various other television news shows. She has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Vermont.

12:00 PM PT // 3:00 PM ET - A Journalist’s Perspective on Fake News

Why pseudo-events led to fake news.

Speaker Biography - Bob Sullivan

Bob Sullivan is a veteran journalist and the author of five books, including New York Times Best-Sellers, Gotcha Capitalism  and  Stop Getting Ripped Off! He has won the Society of Professional Journalists Public Service Award, a Peabody award, a Carnegie Mellon University CyLab Cybersecurity Journalism Award, and the Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award.  He spent nearly two decades working at and NBC News, and he still appears on TODAY, NBC Nightly News, and CNBC.  He’s now a syndicated columnist and frequent TV guest. He is also host of AARP’s The Perfect Scam podcast, co-host of the podcast / audio documentary “Breach“, which examines history’s biggest hacking stories, and co-host of the podcast “So, Bob,” which tackles stories about the unintended consequences of technology. His latest podcast is called Debugger, exploring issues at the intersection of technology and democracy, produced in cooperation with Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy and the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and degrees in history and mathematics from Fairfield University. He is on the advisory board of the University of Georgia journalism school’s Cox Institute for Media Innovation and is a mentor/editor at the Op-Ed Project.

12:10 PM PT // 3:10 PM ET - Break

12:30 PM PT // 3:30 PM ET - Are Barcodes on Ballots Bad? 

This presentation focuses on the use of barcodes on ballots, specifically barcodes on ballots that store vote selections. Skoglund teaches us how voting systems store votes and barcodes, explains how to decode them, and explores their attack surface from a security perspective. Through close examination of three examples (ES&S ExpressVote, Dominion ImageCast X, Unisyn Freedom Vote Tablet), the presentation explains potential attacks, and highlights detection and mitigation strategies. 

Speaker Biography - Kevin Skoglund

Ke​​vin Skoglund is a digital security and election technology expert, and the President and Chief Technologist for Citizens for Better Elections, a non-profit, non-partisan group advocating for evidence-based elections. Kevin serves on the Board of Advisors for Verified Voting, participates in the NIST Voting System Cybersecurity Working Group which develops national guidelines for U.S. voting systems, and is a designated speaker on election security for the U.S. Department of State. His past work includes advising nonprofits, counties, cities, and members of the U.S. Congress on voting system technology and election legislation, researching security vulnerabilities, and identifying voting systems connected to the internet. Kevin is also a Judge of Election (chief poll worker) in Pennsylvania. Outside of his election work, Kevin has been a programmer, consultant, and teacher for over 20 years.

1:00 PM PT // 4:00 PM ET - Hack the Conspiracies

The conspiracy theories surrounding the November 2020 General Election have had a profound and significant impact on the American people but the devastating damage done to the integrity of our elections will take years to repair. This has resulted in death threats, attacks, and shows of force against our election workers, armed protests that turned violent and legislation that would take states backward to a time when America more blatantly disenfranchised certain groups and demographics of voters. The result is that many qualified election administrators are leaving the profession for positions where their lives are not in danger.

We must fight back against disinformation and the misinformation relating to our elections and those that would seek to speak fear and lies. We must pledge to push back on those lies and that disinformation in the media and online at every opportunity. We must work together on our elections to make sure that they are safe and secure as they can possibly be. Together, we can hack the conspiracies and take back our democracy.

Speaker Biography - Barb Byrum 

Barb Byrum is currently in her third term as Ingham County Clerk, serving as the county’s chief elections official. As Clerk of one of the most populous counties in the State of Michigan, Byrum has successfully conducted 27 elections, 4 union elections, and the 2016 Presidential Recount. Since 2016, Byrum has been credentialed as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator by Election Center, the only national program of continuing professional education that specializes in elections administration and voter registration. In 2017, she served on Election Center’s Security Task Force. 

Byrum has previously served on Michigan’s Election Security Commission, the Secretary of State’s team of advisors tasked with strengthening and better securing elections in the state. Byrum has been a consistent advocate for the voting rights of qualified registered voters, with a focus on voting rights of military and overseas voters. Byrum serves on the Overseas Voting Initiative, which is a joint effort by the Federal Voting Assistance Program and Council of State Governments. As a member of the Initiative, Byrum met with military service members in San Diego, California in March 2019, Puerto Rico in December of 2019 and continues to have military and overseas voters’ interests in mind, when advocating for increased access to the ballot.

Byrum graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in agribusiness management. She also holds a law degree from the MSU College of Law.

Byrum previously served three terms as a Michigan State Representative. During her time in the Legislature, Byrum served as the ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Redistricting and Elections.

1:30 PM PT // 4:30 PM ET - Kickoff Remarks

Recorded live in Las Vegas this morning and rebroadcast.

Speaker Biography - Harri Hursti

Co-Founder, DEF CON Voting Village; Founding Partner, Nordic Innovation Labs

Harri Hursti is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of electronic voting security, having served in all aspects of the industry sector. He is considered an authority on uncovering critical problems in electronic voting systems worldwide.

As a consultant, he has conducted and co-authored many studies, both academic and commercial, on various election systems’ data security and vulnerability. These studies have come at the request of officials, legislators and policy makers in 5 countries; including the U.S. government, at both the state and federal level.

Saturday, August 7. 2021

10:00 AM PT // 1:00 PM ET - Keynote Remarks: Commissioner Thomas Hicks, EAC

Thomas Hicks was nominated by President Barack H. Obama and confirmed by unanimous consent of the United States Senate on December 16, 2014 to serve on the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). He has served as chairman of the commission for two terms.

Commissioner Hicks has focused his efforts on voter access. Under his leadership, the EAC developed a pocket-sized voter card that serves as a guide on voting rights for voters with disabilities. The card is provided in both Braille and large print. The EAC has worked with advocacy groups and election officials to distribute the card.

In addition, Mr. Hicks has addressed the difficulties overseas voters have when requesting and returning their ballots, such as dealing with foreign IP addresses and issues with timely ballot delivery. He worked with key states to set up a help desk. Now, overseas voters receive an email response directing them to the help desk to obtain their ballots.

He serves as the designated federal officer for the Board of Advisors.

Mr. Hicks is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and overseas on issues such as voter access and cybersecurity.

Prior to his appointment with EAC, Commissioner Hicks served as a senior elections counsel and minority elections counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, a position he held from 2003 to 2014. In this role, Mr. Hicks was responsible for issues relating to campaign finance, election reform, contested elections and oversight of both the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Federal Election Commission. His primary responsibility was advising and providing guidance to the committee members and caucus on election issues. Mr. Hicks has talked with Americans in every state about their voting experiences. In addition, he has worked with state and local election officials across America to address critical election concerns.

Prior to joining the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Hicks served as a senior lobbyist and policy analyst from 2001 to 2003 for Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that empowers citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Mr. Hicks has enjoyed working with state and local election officials, civil rights organizations and all other stakeholders to improve the voting process.

Mr. Hicks served from 1993 to 2001 in the Clinton administration as a special assistant and legislative assistant in the Office of Congressional Relations for the Office of Personnel Management. He served as agency liaison to the United State Congress and the president’s administration on matters regarding federal personnel policies and regulations.

Mr. Hicks received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and his B.A. in Government from Clark University (Worcester, MA). He also studied at the University of London (London, England) and law at the University of Adelaide (Adelaide, Australia).

10:30 AM PT // 1:30 PM ET - Secrets of Social Media PsyOps

Psychological Warfare through social media is one of the most powerful weapons in

today's political battlefield. PsyOps groups have figured out how to sharpen the blade

through algorithms and targeted advertising. Nation states are using PsyOps to

influence the citizens of their enemies, fighting battles from behind the keyboard.

In this talk, BiaSciLab with cover a brief history of PsyOps and how it has been used

both on the battlefield and the political stage. Followed by a dive deep into how it

works on the mind and how PsyOps groups are using social media to influence the

political climate and elections worldwide.

Speaker Biography - BiaSciLab

BiaSciLab is a 14 year old hacker and maker. She was the youngest speaker at

H.O.P.E. and has spoken at DEF CON in the Voting Village, Bio Hacking Village and the

r00tz Asylum kids con. She has spoken internationally on election security at DefCamp

in Romania. She also received national attention when she hacked the election

reporting system at DEF CON 26, this work was recently highlighted at the Congressional Hearing on Election Security. This inspired her to build her own election system, Secure Open Vote.

BiaSciLab is also the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Hack, an organization focused on

teaching girls the skills of hacking so that they can change the future.

She enjoys inventing things, giving talks and teaching classes on making, programming

and hacking. Follow her on twitter @BiaSciLab @GirlsWhoHack @SecureOpenVote or

check out her websites

11:00 AM PT // 2:00 PM ET -  How to weaponize RLAs to discredit an election

Risk-limiting audits (RLAs) are widely considered to be the gold standard of election

auditing, and there is an implicit assumption that a successful audit will also create

confidence among the voters and hence public trust. If this were true, there would be little

reason to fear that RLAs could ever be misused in a disinformation campaign. It turns out,

however, that this assumption is not necessarily true: In a recent user study to appear this

year's E-Vote-ID, we show that a significant number of survey participants change their

opinion whether to trust an election after they learn the size of the sample needed to

complete the RLA. In this talk we argue that even a well-intended correctly conducted RLA

can be weaponized in a disinformation campaign.

Speaker Biography - Carsten Schürmann

Carsten is a professor in computer science at the IT University of Copenhagen and heads the

Center for Information Security and Trust. His research focuses on cyber- and information security, with particular emphasis on election security. He consults with EMBs, governmental, and non-governmental organizations on requirements and quality assurance for election technologies. Carsten is an expert in voting machine security and demonstrated at DefCon 2017 vulnerabilities of the WinVote voting machine. He has conducted experiments with risk-limiting audits in Denmark in 2014. Carsten has participated as core team member (IT expert) in the Carter Center Mission to Kenya 2017 and was part of the IFES Cyber Assessment Week in Ukraine 2018.He has also served as New Voting Technology Analyst for the OSCE Limited Election Observation Mission to the United States in 2018 and the Expert Election Mission to Estonia in 2019. Prior to moving to Denmark, Carsten was a member of the computer science faculty at Yale University. He holds a PhD degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.

11:30 AM PT // 2:30 PM ET - High Turnout, Wide Margins

Local election officials faced unprecedented challenges while administering elections in 2020, from widespread disinformation to COVID-19 safety precautions. Unlike in previous election cycles, though, the global pandemic prevented officials from connecting in person to commiserate, share best practices, and support each other. 

In December of 2020, the High Turnout Wide Margins podcast launched to fill the void and give administrators an outlet for discussing the nuts and bolts of elections. Co-hosts Brianna Lennon, an elected county clerk in Boone County, Missouri and Eric Fey, an appointed director of elections in St. Louis County, Missouri, talk to subject-matter experts on topics like cybersecurity, disinformation, and elections integrity. In this presentation, Lennon and Fey share key takeaways from these discussions. 

High Turnout Wide Margins is not a commercial podcast. 

Speaker Biographies - Brianna Lennon and Eric Fey

Brianna Lennon is the County Clerk and local election official for Boone County, Missouri. She holds a Master's in Public Policy and a law degree, both from the University of Missouri. Prior to her election as Boone County Clerk, Brianna served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division of the Missouri Attorney General's Office before joining the Missouri Secretary of State's Office under former Secretary Jason Kander. As the Deputy Director of Elections and first coordinator of the Election Integrity Unit in the Secretary of State's Office, she worked closely with local election authorities across the state to ensure that elections were simple, secure, and accessible for voters.

Eric Fey is the Director of the St. Louis County Board of Elections in St. Louis, Missouri. Along with a bachelor's degree from Webster University in political science, Fey holds a Master’s in public administration from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with a specialty in election management and has served as a foreign election observer in a range of countries, from the now Russian-occupied territory in Ukraine to Belarus to Kazakhstan to Macedonia.

12:00 PM PT // 3:00 PM ET - Keeping Your Information Security Policy Up to Date

Information security policy (ISP) is the highest directive of the cybersecurity posture of an organization. ISPs play a role by providing a subset of administrative, operational, and technical controls to mitigate omnidirectional cyber risks. Local government, which provides a wide range of public services with various functions, is a double-edged sword. 

On the one hand, its public impact on every activity is wide enough to influence a far broader audience with multiple interests. On the other hand, this wider audience than private organizations allows salient cyberattacks such as influence operations with social media, conveyance of wrongful policy information, a breach in personal health information (PHI) and privacy, and so forth - protecting a local government is both protection of an organization and its residents. 

This presentation suggests a method to revise existing ISP to make contributions for ISP staying up-to-date, align to the latest industry standards and regulations to be compliant, and

narrowing down newly identified gaps from the local government perspective. 

Speaker Biography - Sang-Oun Lee

Sang-Oun Lee is an IT Security Specialist-Compliance at the City of Chicago. Prior to his current position at the City, Mr. Lee served as a cybersecurity policy expert in both public and private sectors. In the public sector, Mr. Lee served two government agencies in the Republic of Korea, Korea Internet & Security Agency and National Security Research Institute respectively. In the private sector, Mr. Lee was a Chief Information & Financial Officer at EPIKAR Inc., a mobility start-up company based in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Lee holds Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, Master of Science in Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, and Bachelor’s degree from Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

12:30 PM PT // 3:30 PM ET - Social Media Security = Election Security

Digital disinformation is a significant threat to trusted elections and poses a cybersecurity challenge for social media companies. Fake accounts spread content to authentic users, mislead users, and trick users into believing content is more popular. The global market for this kind of media manipulation is extensive and growing - many providers openly market their fake engagement services. 

Sebastian Bay and his fellow researchers from NATO StratCom CoE bought fake engagement on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Tik Tok to assess the social media companies’ ability to combat media manipulation. This presentation explores their findings, highlights the differences between social media platforms, and provides recommendations for companies and policy makers.

The full study can be accessed here:

Speaker Biography - Sebastian Bay

Sebastian Bay is a researcher with the Swedish Defense Research Agency specializing in election security and digital harms. Sebastian was previously a senior expert at Nato StratCom CoE in Riga, Latvia.

1:00 PM PT // 4:00 PM ET - New Hampshire SB43 Forensic Audit

Election security expert Harri Hursti will explain the process and findings from the 2020 post-election audit conducted in Windham, NH. 

Speaker Biography - Harri Hursti

Co-Founder, DEF CON Voting Village; Founding Partner, Nordic Innovation Labs

Harri Hursti is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the topic of electronic voting security, having served in all aspects of the industry sector. He is considered an authority on uncovering critical problems in electronic voting systems worldwide.

As a consultant, he has conducted and co-authored many studies, both academic and commercial, on various election systems’ data security and vulnerability. These studies have come at the request of officials, legislators and policy makers in 5 countries; including the U.S. government, at both the state and federal level.

1:30 PM PT // 4:30 PM ET - Why Hacking Voters Is Easier Than Hacking Ballots

Vulnerabilities in US election infrastructure not only expose the nation’s elections to hybrid physical and network attacks, but its voters to influence campaigns designed to cast doubt in the process itself. Authoritarian regimes such as Russia, Iran, and China are capable of conducting both sophisticated disinformation operations and cyber campaigns, and using both methods can be a particularly effective strategy for disrupting an election. Despite significant attention and more (but insufficient) funding in recent years, the overall defensive posture of election infrastructure operators lags behind the offensive cyber capabilities of sophisticated adversaries and criminals. 

Elections are not alone. Other critical infrastructure sectors have sustained major disruptions because of cyber attacks like ransomware. However, elections are unique in that a sizable segment of the American public views the electoral process suspiciously and is primed to believe any errors or inconsistencies presented that supports that belief. As a result, adversaries now have at least three distinct attack strategies at their disposal: quietly change enough actual ballots to alter the outcome of a contest, loudly manipulate a small number of ballots to provide “evidence” of a systemic failure to suspicious voters, or launch a pure perception hack through the dissemination of false information to convince voters of widespread fraud absent any evidence. 

By analyzing state-backed government messaging across various information mediums using a tool called Hamilton, researchers can track narratives and topics promoted by Russian, Chinese, and Iranian government officials and state-funded media. These trends can help provide context and insights into publicly-available information of breaches, ransomware, or other related attacks against election infrastructure. Election officials and network defenders can work together to improve the resilience of the most important component of the electoral system: voters.

Speaker Biography - Maurice Turner

Maurice Turner is the Cybersecurity Fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF). Turner is a recognized public interest technologist and cybersecurity expert focused on developing strategies to secure critical infrastructure and deter cyber operation escalation. He has been regularly featured in national and international media including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fox News, and Reuters. He has also provided testimony before the United States Congress, shared his insights with the European Union, and spoken at numerous security conferences. Turner most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the United States Election Assistance Commission (EAC) providing subject matter expertise in support of local, state, and federal partners to administer elections fairly and securely. Prior to that Turner was Deputy Director of the Internet Architecture project at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) where he led the Election Security and Privacy Project, identifying and updating election cybersecurity practices and infrastructure through multi-sector partnerships. Turner also served as a TechCongress Congressional Innovation Fellow assigned to the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where he shaped policy and oversaw the preparation of memos, briefings, and hearings on federal IT systems, cybersecurity threats, and cybersecurity regulations. 

He holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, an BA in Political Science from California State University Fullerton, and a Certificate in Cybersecurity Strategy from Georgetown University.

The End!


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