Election Security Technology Moves Forward

In 2019, Microsoft announced the development of an open source end-to-end verifiable election (E2E-V) solution, ElectionGuard. E2E-V enables independent verification of election results while protecting ballot secrecy. Since that time, ElectionGuard and the E2E-V concept have been piloted successfully in local elections.

Last week, to advance the deployment of ElectionGuard—and to strengthen and protect democracy—the Council of State Governments announced the formation of the Election Technology Initiative (ETI), which will assume leadership of the ElectionGuard project. Microsoft will continue to provide ongoing support to this critical election technology initiative. Read more about this development here.

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This Week in Washington 

  • Axios: The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a new rule requiring publicly traded companies to publicly report cyber incidents within four business days of determining the incident had a material impact. Companies will also have to detail their cybersecurity strategies on an annual basis.
  • CyberScoop: The Biden administration released a strategy document for building the U.S. cybersecurity workforce calling for government, industry and non-profit groups to collaborate in a whole-of-society approach. The report cites data from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium, which specializes in training and certifications for cybersecurity professionals and claims there are over 400,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the industry.
  • Nextgov: At a recent Foundation for Defense of Democracies event, Nathaniel Fick, the U.S. State Department’s first Ambassador-at-Large for Cyberspace and Digital Policy, discussed the steps the U.S. will need to take to help expand cybersecurity globally by assisting ally nations through the incorporation of emerging technologies.
  • Politico: Republican Senator Todd Young, who is part of a bipartisan group of senators aiming to break through congressional gridlock and set guardrails for AI, says that Congress is unlikely to pass sweeping new AI legislation. Instead, they will work to equip federal agencies with the people and resources need to implement laws that are already on the books.
  • Axios: Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is looking to recruit Gen-Zers to fill the estimated 250,000 jobs in the semiconductor industry that are expected to come from the CHIPS and Science Act.

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    The White House is facing many challenges as it looks for ways to address the impacts of AI. WSJ White House reporter Sabrina Siddiqui joins host Zoe Thomas to explain how the Biden Administration plans to impose guardrails around the technology. (How President Biden Views AI – August 3, 2023)