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Securing Digital Democracy

University of Michigan via Coursera

Overview

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.

Syllabus

  • 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

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 6 reviews

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  • Abby

    Abby completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    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 is...
  • Matt

    Matt completed this course.

    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 quizzes....
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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

    Anonymous completed this course.

    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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