US Federal agencies are taking election security seriously, as we heard yesterday at the second annual National Cybersecurity Summit, organized by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA and its partners are concerned with direct hacking of voting systems, but also with countering influence operations mounted by hostile foreign governments. Discussions were particularly aware of the ways in which social media lend themselves to confirmation bias, and the ways in which such bias can be used to create or exploit fissures in civil society.
The Summit, being held this week just outside Washington, DC, continues today and tomorrow. Livestreaming is available here.