All American security agencies have agreed that Russia interfered in the last U.S. elections. In 2015, a $50 million DARPA program concluded that Russia and other actors had already made significant efforts to attack the medium of the press and its freedom. With the advances in technology and the success of the Russians and other malevolent parties creating chaos in our elections and democratic values, it is extremely concerning where this will lead for the 2018 elections and beyond.
Russia is seeking to exploit the Democratic systems of the west by sowing chaos through disinformation, attacks on political figures and institutions, assaults on the voting process, targeting of critical infrastructure, support for extremist parties and fringe views and state economic coercion. In this program, David Salvo and Rand Waltzman will describe the issues, discuss technologies to be further employed, the past success and failures of cyber-attacks and future potential successes in both the US and European spheres.
This program is generously underwritten by Brian Stockmar. The Hot Topics series is generously underwritten by Cindy Engles and Kathy & Neal Kimmel.