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Democracy & Debate Theme Semester: Combating Foreign Influence in the 2020 Elections

Concerns around foreign influence in the presidential election are on the minds of many voters across the county. As a part of the University of Michigan’s Democracy & Debate Theme Semester, Professor of Strategic Studies Thomas Rid and former Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Richard Clarke will discuss the various aspects and impact of foreign influence in US elections during a live virtual event on Monday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m.

The event, Preventing Foreign Influence in US Elections, will be moderated by Javid Ali, a Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence at the Ford School of Public Policy.

Rid and Clarke will bring their decades of experience on foreign influence and cybersecurity to review best practices, policies, and approaches for a safe and secure election. They will also explore the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s recent statement on foreign threats to the election, including the tactics and techniques that could be used.

This discussion will be livestreamed on the University of Michigan’s YouTube channel. This is one of the many events planned for the Democracy & Debate Theme Semester, which seeks to engage students, faculty, and staff on an exploration of free speech and exchange of ideas, explore what it means to be a member of a democratic society, and examine democratic engagement from a global perspective.

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Tune in on Monday, Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. via Zoom or YouTube.