Course Schedule Fall 2018

This schedule is subject to change. Please check back frequently.

Part 1. The Election Cybersecurity Landscape

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lab/Discussion
Sep. 10
Cybersecurity Threats to U.S. Elections
Introductions and overview of the course;
What happened during the 2016 election?
What's been done since then to improve security?
How can we, as a class, help?
(No discussion Sept. 12)
Sep. 17
Voting as a Security Problem
The security mindset;
Election security requirements and trade-offs;
Evolution of voting technology and election fraud;
The rise of electronic voting
Introduction to the lab
Course project discussion
Sep. 24
Computers at the Polls
Vulnerabilities in U.S. voting machines;
Electronic voting around the world;
Architecture and election security
Hands-on with a vulnerable voting system
Oct. 1
Election Procedures and Threats
Voter registration and authentication;
Tabulation and reporting;
Physical controls;
Logic and accuracy testing, parallel testing;
Post-election audits;
Usability and accessibility concerns
Tampering with tamper-evident seals
Oct. 8
Information Warfare and Elections
Social media manipulation;
Hacks against political campaigns;
Attacking voter confidence;
Security best practices
Securing a political campaign

Fall Break   No lecture or discussion

Part 2. Election Security and Public Policy

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lab/Discussion
Oct. 22
Evidence-Based Elections: Risk-Limiting Audits
Requirements and goals for an RLA;
RLA technologies: ballot and batch, comparison and polling
Special guests: Mark Lindeman and Neal McBurnett
Running an RLA
Oct. 29
Federal Policy
Federalism and Election Policy;
HAVA, the EAC, and the VVSG;
DHS and the CI designation
(No discussion Oct. 31
Nov. 5
State and Local Perspectives
Survey of state practices;
Elections in Michigan, recent changes
Analysis of election day reports
Nov. 12
What happened on Election Day?
Project checkpoint

Part 3. Future Prospects for Securing Election

Monday Lecture Wednesday Lab/Discussion
Nov. 19
Policy Reform
Prospects for reform in Congress: the SEA and other bills;
Prospects for reform through the Courts: recent lawsuits;
Special guest: Prof. Jonathan Mayer (Princeton)
(No discussion Nov. 21)
Nov. 26
Internet Voting
Vote-by-mail and UOCAVA settings
Challenges for online voting
Case studies: D.C., Estonia, Australia
Policy debate
Dec. 3
End-to-end Verification
Cryptographic approaches to securing elections;
Protocols and properties
Open problems and challenges;
Special guest: Josh Benaloh
Attacking an online voting system / Hands-on with Helios
Dec. 10
Project Presentations
Each group will present their project in class
(No discussion Dec. 12)

Project write-up   Due Friday, December 14