Want to find a time to connect with peers in your jurisdiction, your state, or across the country? Check out these events to find one right for you. Not all events listed are open to the public, some events are included to provide notice to potential speakers or those who want to connect with organizers.

  • Attack From Within: How Disinformation is Sabotaging America
    Date: February 28, 2024
    Location: Washington, DC
    Category: Book Talk

    American society is more polarized than ever before. We are strategically being pushed apart by disinformation–the deliberate spreading of lies disguised as truth–and it comes at us from all sides: opportunists on the far right, Russian misinformed social media influencers, among others. It’s endangering our democracy and causing havoc in our electoral system, schools, hospitals, workplaces, and in our Capitol. Advances in technology including rapid developments in artificial intelligence threaten to make the problems even worse by amplifying false claims and manufacturing credibility.

    In Attack from Within, legal scholar and analyst Barbara McQuade, shows us how to identify the ways disinformation is seeping into all facets of our society and how we can fight against it. The book includes:

    The authoritarian playbook a brief history of disinformation from Mussolini and Hitler to Bolsonaro and Trump, chronicles the ways in which authoritarians have used disinformation to seize and retain power.
    Disinformation tactics–like demonizing the other, seducing with nostalgia, silencing critics, muzzling the media, condemning the courts; stoking violence–and reasons why they work.
    An explanation of why America is particularly vulnerable to disinformation and how it exploits our First Amendment Freedoms, sparks threats and violence, and destabilizes social structures.
    Real, accessible solutions for countering disinformation and maintaining the rule of law such as making domestic terrorism a federal crime, increasing media literacy in schools, criminalizing doxxing, and much more.

    Disinformation is designed to evoke a strong emotional response to push us toward more extreme views, unable to find common ground with others. The false claims that led to the breathtaking attack on our Capitol in 2020 may have been only a dress rehearsal. Attack from Within shows us how to prevent it from happening again, thus preserving our country’s hard-won democracy.

    Barbara McQuade is a professor from practice at the University of Michigan Law School, her alma mater, where she teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, national security, and data privacy. She is also a legal expert for NBC News and MSNBC, and a co-host of the podcast #SistersInLaw. From 2010 to 2017, McQuade served as U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ms. McQuade was appointed by President Barack Obama, and was the first woman to serve in her position. Earlier in her career, she worked as a sports writer and copy editor, a judicial law clerk, an associate in private practice, and an assistant U.S. attorney. She and her husband, Dan Hurley, have four children and live in Ann Arbor.

    McQuade will be in conversation with Kimberly Atkins Stohr. Kimberly Atkins Stohr is a senior opinion writer and columnist for Boston Globe Opinion.

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  • Exploiting Our Emotions: How social media is designed to divide and what we can do about it
    Date: March 6, 2024
    Location: Online
    Category: Book Talk

    Our democratic republic is under greater stress than it has been in generations. Why? What are the driving forces? And who’s working on viable solutions? Join Issue One for regular engaging conversations with authors, reporters, scholars, and philanthropists about the challenges facing our democracy and what we can do about it. Issue One Founder and CEO Nick Penniman will sit down with writer, designer, technologist, and media researcher Tobias Rose-Stockwell. The author of “Outrage Machine,” Rose-Stockwell unpacks how social media has evolved from a tool designed to connect society to one with unchecked influence on news, discourse, and democracy. Tune in as the two discuss both the threats posed by social media and potential solutions.

    Time: 4pm Eastern

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  • ESRA 2024 Conference
    Date: May 16, 2024
    to May 17, 2024
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Category: Conference

    The 8th Annual Summer Conference on Election Science, Reform, and Administration (ESRA) will be held in person from May 16-17, 2024 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.
    Call for Proposals

    The 2024 conference Call for Proposals is now open through February 16! Learn more about this year’s conference and submit your proposal here.

    Registration to attend the 2024 conference has not yet opened. To hear the news first when it does, please sign up to join our mailing list below.

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  • Field Hearing
    Date: March 1, 2024
    Location: Montgomery AL/Online
    Category: Hearing

    The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution holds a field hearing entitled, “Modern-Day Voting Discrimination in Alabama.”

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  • The dangers posed by AI and disinformation during elections
    Date: March 13, 2024
    Location: Online
    Category: Panel Discussion

    The last year has seen an explosion of accessible generative AI tools, which allow virtually anyone to rapidly and inexpensively create synthetic images, video, audio, and text. As the presidential election approaches, there are serious concerns about an explosion of disinformation and synthetic content that could impact what is expected to be a very close race. Political campaigns have already begun implementing generative AI tools to create advertisements, send robocalls and contact voters, prompting policymakers to propose major legislation and guardrails to protect the integrity of our elections.

    On March 13, join the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings for a discussion moderated by Senior Fellow Darrell West along with a panel of experts, about the dangers posed by AI and election disinformation and ways to protect the general public.

    Time: 2pm Eastern

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  • Race and Risk of Election Subversion
    Date: April 9, 2024
    Location: Online
    Category: Webinar

    The Safeguarding Democracy Project at UCLA promotes research, collaboration, and advocacy under the leadership of UCLA Law Professor Richard L. Hasen; one of the nation’s leading election scholars. The Safeguarding Democracy Project is built upon the premise that tackling issues of the U.S. election integrity must be collaborative: across ideologies, across scholarly disciplines, and as a bridge between theory and practice. Speakers: Matt Barreto, Lecturer in Law UCLA School of Law; Sophia Lin Lakin, Director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project ACLU; and Spencer Overton, The Patricia Roberts Harris Research Professorship and Professor of Law George Washington Law

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  • Election Center Special Workshop
    Date: April 24, 2024
    to April 26, 2024
    Location: Portland, OR
    Category: Workshop

    The Election Center will hold a Special Workshop in Portland, Oregon with a focus on state trainings, certifications and conferences. Covered topics will include AI and election management, training new employees,  working with interns, volunteers and law students, executive staffing and working with the Legislature. There will also be presentations by the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission and CISA. The workshops will kick off with a tour of the Multnomah County elections office.

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