Karen Bannan

Total 19 Posts

The Role of Open Source Researchers in Election Security

Currently more than 72% of American adults are on social media, sharing more personal information and data than ever before. While the internet has had significant benefits for society, including democratizing access to information, it has also been exploited by nefarious groups and actors including terrorist organizations, foreign state-backed operatives, cyber criminals, and online trolls.

Election Technology for the Common Good

America’s election administration infrastructure is in a dire state. Far too many voters face challenges in casting a ballot. Genuine threats of disruption and subversion by foreign actors persist and are growing, and hyper-politicization has poisoned anything having to do with the voting process, policy, or regulation. Add in a reliance on systemically-vulnerable technology requiring

And the Winner Is…

In this highly polarized and nail-biting election, every vote counts. But it can (and will) take a while. Election Night results on TV and online are never — and have never — been final, official results. The official results, which come from election offices, are only announced after counts are canvassed, audited and certified. In

“The World Is Watching”

The 2020 election season was exhausting, and it isn’t over yet. This month, a bipartisan group of former elected officials — members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, former cabinet secretaries, retired military officials, and civic leaders — launched a new group dedicated to effecting change in the U.S. voting systems. Called the National

The Challenges of Communicating Behind Bars

While listening to recordings of a Somerset County inmate’s calls, a prosecutor with Maine’s Office of the Attorney General recognized the voice of a defense attorney he knew. He stopped listening and reported it, but it raised questions about how often inmate calls with their attorneys are reported? In Maine, it turns out that happens

5 Common Sense Facial Recognition Policies

The 2015 death of Baltimore’s Freddie Gray Jr. in police custody led to ten days of public outcry. The aftermath of the protests further damaged the public’s trust once they found out what police had been up to. The ACLU of North Carolina uncovered the fact that the Baltimore Police Department used facial recognition tools

The Justice System as a Digital Platform

The COVID era has brought physical shutdowns to American courts and an unprecedented backlog of cases. In Connecticut, pending civil and criminal cases have jumped 200 percent during the pandemic, and trials aren’t scheduled to start until at least November. As of late June, New York City had 39,200 criminal cases waiting to be heard.