Sounding the Alarm

As the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian Interference in the 2016 U.S. Elections brings concerns about election cybersecurity further into public view, security experts have been sounding the alarm behind the scenes for years to elected officials and federal agencies

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Georgia special election disruption concerns rise after 6.7M records leaked

SC Magazine | Several security vulnerabilities in systems used to manage Georgia’s election technology, exposing the records of 6.7 million voters months before the nation most expensive House race slated for June 20, has raised the fears that the election could be disrupted.

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Could Travis County Have The Best Bet Against Election Hacking?

Texas Monthly | Revelations that Russian hackers tried to break into Dallas County’s web servers, likely with the intention of accessing voter registration files, in the lead up to last November’s election renewed concerns about Texas election security. Both Wednesday night’s news out of Dallas and a Bloomberg report on Monday—which said that the Russian hacking attempts affected 39 states—are forcing states to look inward and re-examine the security of their local and state-level electoral technologies.

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Guest Post: A first taste of formal software methods

Design Automation Engineer Leior Varon has been poking around at Free & Fair recently and has offered to reflect on what he’s been learning. Varon has a background in electrical engineering, but became interested in F&F’s use of formal methods in software system design. So, in order to get his feet wet in this world, Varon spent 6 weeks creating and implementing the formal specifications for Qubie, our Poll Queue Monitor. Here are his reflections.

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Russian hackers’ election goal may have been swing-state voter rolls

USA TODAY | Russian military hackers said to have infiltrated the U.S. election system would have had several potential avenues to influence U.S. elections — including by tampering with voting rolls, interference that could have had an important impact in swing states. Whether or not this happened isn’t outlined in a leaked National Security Agency report that led to the arrest Monday of a federal contractor with top-secret security clearance. There has been no evidence votes were changed in the 2016 presidential election, though officials in North Carolina are actively investigating attempts to compromise the state’s electronic poll book software.

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Open and Free Election Technology

Free & Fair is committed to releasing all our products, research, development, and proposals under open source licenses. Our primary focus is creating open source, high assurance election systems that are great for our customers. Our secondary focus is helping others create high assurance election systems using the concepts, tools, and techniques within our research field.

As such, today, on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, we are opening to the public more than 30 repositories in our Free & Fair GitHub Organization. These repositories contain the product demonstrators, security audits, proposals, tools, and technologies that we use to create high assurance election systems, some of which have been under development since the late 1990s.

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Free & Fair in Five

Free & Fair is creating a guaranteed secure, correct, resilient and publicly-verifiable voting system that comprehensively addresses on-site and remote voting on and before Election Day, as well as post-election tabulation and audits. We will deliver these results by leveraging decades of expertise in building national security critical systems for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.

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Election Systems RFPs

Does your jurisdiction need new a new voting system? The quality and cost of a system will be in heavily influenced by your written Request for Proposals (RFP), which spells out the requirements your vendors must meet. Read on to see our recommendations for the creation of an RFP for election systems.

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Air Gaps

Is disconnecting from the internet enough to keep a voting system safe from hacking?

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Team at Rice builds machine to transform the way we vote

HOUSTON CHRONICLE | The drumbeat of election rigging and foreign hacking of voting machines have energized ongoing efforts to develop a new model of digital election equipment designed to produce instantly verifiable results and dual records for security. Election experts say this emerging system, one of three publicly funded voting machine projects across the country, shows potential to help restore confidence in the country’s election infrastructure, most of which hasn’t been updated in more than a decade.

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