We’ve said it many times and it bears worth repeating: foreign interference in U.S. elections is a threat to our democracy. The security of critical election infrastructure is the focal point of the OSET Institute’s mission. So, OSET leadership was pleased to learn that on January 3, 2019, the opening day of the 116th session of Congress, the newly elected House Democratic majority, led by Speaker-designate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), will have its first order of legislative business—House Resolution #1 (“H.R.1”), a comprehensive election reform bill. The question is will H.R.1 become law, and be the change-agent needed to better defend democracy?
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We’re tracking election administration (process and platform) developments, innovations, and news around the world because critical election technology infrastructure has a central role in defending democracy. We’ve collected a group of stories and offer a summary of what’s happening in Asia, where — for better or worse — the Blockchain is becoming all the rage for voting. We’re convinced this is a bad idea on its own, but where blockchain technology is applied for other election administration purposes, there is great promise for improving integrity...