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Technology and the 2020 Election

Special Public Event

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PDT

Even a cursory reading of the headlines today reveals that technology is having a powerful impact on the 2020 U.S. election and democratic elections worldwide. But what is really worth our collective attention and what can be done to support our democratic institutions?
Drawing from their wildly popular Stanford course by the same name, Stanford Professor of Political Science and HAI Associate Director, Rob Reich, and former Member of the European Parliament and Stanford HAI-Cyber Policy Center Fellow - Marietje Schaake - will go beyond the headlines to help us better understand the unprecedented influence of technology on democratic processes today. Sharing lessons and insights about the legitimate and illegitimate uses of technology in elections-- including those currently impacting the 2020 U.S. election-- Reich and Schaake take stock of the health of American democracy and democratic societies elsewhere, while also considering how these forces can be better harnessed for the public democratic good.

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Rob Reich

Professor of Political Science, Faculty Director of the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, and the Marc and Laura Andreessen Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society; Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

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Marietje Schaake

HAI International Policy Fellow; International Policy Director, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University