Scholars from the Hoover Institution were among those who issued a comprehensive strategy for protecting U.S. elections from cyber meddling, with a focus on the upcoming presidential campaign in 2020.
The report, “Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Beyond,” was released June 6, recommending more than 45 specific policy actions to help the nation’s lawmakers and technology sector leaders deter potential threats from foreign and domestic actors seeking to illegally disrupt the American electoral process.
“We know more than ever before about what happened in the 2016 election. Now we need to pivot to what needs to be done to prevent it in the future—concrete legislative acts as well as steps that online platforms can take even without legislation,” said Michael McFaul, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and editor and co-author of the report. McFaul is also the director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), which produced the report.
Other Hoover scholars who co-authored chapters include Larry Diamond, Andrew Grotto, Herb Lin, Toomas Ilves, and Alex Stamos. Authors of the Securing American Elections report also include scholars affiliated with the Stanford Cyber Policy Center, a newly launched hub at FSI. The center recently held a livestreamed event here discussing recommendations in the report.
Clifton B. Parker, Hoover Institution: 650-498-5204, cbparker [at] stanford.edu