Tuesday, February 27, 2018 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Americans have a love/hate relationship with technology when it comes to elections. As with so many aspects of modern life, the act of voting now depends on computer technologies to do everything--from tracking voter registrations to verifying the accuracy of ballot counts. Yet news cycles are full of stories accusing these same systems of undermining elections with hanging chads, paperless computerized voting machines, and the threat of hacking. Charles Stewart III, founding director of the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, will explore why America--alone among the world's democracies--relies so heavily on voting technologies and how this dependence has been largely beneficial. But are there compelling new reasons for skepticism in light of the 2016 presidential election?