Indivisible Columbus hosts cybersecurity and democracy forum

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 A meeting to discuss the dangers of electronic voting along with other cybersecurity concerns to American democracy was held at Columbus Public Library Sunday.

The forum addressed how technology can be used to to impact voting, sway voters into voting certain directions, and other concerns.

A highlight brought up concerns with electronic voting and shed some light on how the machines may be hacked.

Indivisible Columbus held the event and Dr. Lydia Ray, a computer science professor at Columbus State University, spoke to the crowd.

Dr. Ray addressed issues like other nation’s abilities to spread false information through Facebook which can impact elections and undermine democracy, as well as, information about how certain electronic voting machines may be hacked.

“In my opinion, the biggest threat will be if the hackers are able to change the vote counts, and it is difficult, but it is possible. That would be the biggest threat, but there are others, and I think changing people’s mind using fake news, ” says Dr. Ray.

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