Election security is on the verge of becoming a national crisis, especially in democracies that are relying more and more on voting machines. The topic is even more relevant in the USA as we are fast approaching mid-term elections. To prevent voting-machine hacks, voting systems have to be better secured.

Join us in San Francisco at 7 p.m. on November 5 for our second Context Conversation. Seth Rosenblatt, editor of The Parallax, will be moderating a discussion between Ben Adida, founder of secure-voting technology Helios, and Chris Jerdonek, former president of the San Francisco Elections Commission and chair of its Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee, about today’s toughest challenges in securing elections.

Come to the Event: You can sign up to attend the free event in person here.

Livestream: If you’re unable to join us in person we will be live streaming the conversation here.

Connect on Social: We invite you to submit questions to Context Conversations on Twitter using the hashtag #ContextConvo.

Javelin Strategy and ResearchRain CapitalThe Parallax  and New Context are proud to announce the second event in our Context Conversations speaker series, following our first in September on health care, as well as our Enigma Interviews series last year.

Meet the Panel

Ben AdidaBen Adida
Ben Adida is a software engineer and architect passionate about empowering people to control their digital lives through Web
technology, open data formats, and cryptography. After receiving a Ph.D. in computer science from the Cryptography and Information Security group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he served as a post-doctoral fellow on Web security, privacy, and voting systems at Harvard University, where he designed and developed a Web-based voting system called Helios that he maintains today.

Ben also serves as an engineering director (currently for education software platform Clever, and previously for mobile-payments company
Square and browser developer Mozilla). And as a technical adviser for Creative Commons, which he currently serves as a board member, he co-created the World Wide Web Consortium’s RDFa structured-data recommendation.

Chris JerdonekChris Jerdonek
Chris Jerdonek has been active in election reform for more than 15 years. He has served as a polling-place inspector in San Francisco 19 times, and he drafted a ranked-choice voting charter amendment that passed in Oakland in 2006. In 2015 and 2017, he served as president of the San Francisco Elections Commission. He now chairs its five-member Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee.

Chris is a software developer and recently co-founded a startup called Shotwell Labs. He has contributed code to many open-source projects, including Python, Django, Mercurial, and WebKit. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Davis.

Seth Rosenblatt
Seth Rosenblatt is the Editor of The Parallax. He has worked in online journalism since 1999, most recently at CNET News, where he led coverage of security, privacy, and Google. Based in San Francisco, he also writes about connected technology and pop culture.

Context Conversations is a new series of in-depth explorations with world-class experts in security and related interdisciplinary fields. Backed by Javelin Strategy and Research, New Context, Rain Capital, and The Parallax. The series supports our mission to work together to keep the connected world safe.