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University of Michigan

Securing Digital Democracy

University of Michigan via Coursera


In this course, you'll learn what every citizen should know about the security risks--and future potential — of electronic voting and Internet voting. We'll take a look at the past, present, and future of election technologies and explore the various spaces intersected by voting, including computer security, human factors, public policy, and more.


  • Voting as a Security Problem
    • Approaching voting problems with the security mindset
  • Computers at the Polls
    • Voting enters the computing age
  • Security Procedures and Voting Around the World
    • Methods for ensuring the security of democracy
  • Human Factors and Internet Voting
    • Users don't always behave as expected, even when voting
  • New Technology and Policy
    • Lessons learned

Taught by

J. Alex Halderman


4.8 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 161 ratings

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  • Abby
    I really enjoyed taking this course. It provided an in-depth look at the different systems used for voting in various states and countries, and what their various weaknesses are. Particularly in today's political sphere, when talk of election fraud…
  • Matt
    Professor Halderman's course on voting security and history was quite interesting and when I took it during the 2012 election season is was especially significant since talk of voter fraud was common. The course consists of 40 video lectures and 5 q…
  • Anonymous
    The course is both a voyage in the history of voting, and a precise dissection of all methods that can be used (and generally was used) to trick voters. Was a very interesting and useful learning, also for non-american citizens.
  • Anonymous
    This course should be a prerequisite for voter registration!

    Very lucid, engaging discussion. Fascinating historical context and security analysis of various technologies from voice voting through internet voting.

  • Waleed

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