Context Conversations are long-form discussions between world-class experts in security and interdisciplinary fields. The series is moderated by a group of journalists, practitioners, and venture capitalists dedicated to fostering dynamic and enlightening conversation.

Second Episode: Election security: Voting-machine hacking, social engineering, and protecting democracy

Moderated by Seth Rosenblatt, Editor, The Parallax

Join us at 7 p.m. on November 5 for our second Context Conversation. Seth Rosenblatt, editor of The Parallax, will be moderating a discussion between Ben Adida, founder of secure-voting technology Helios, and Chris Jerdonek, former president of the San Francisco Elections Commission and chair of its Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee, about today’s toughest challenges in securing elections.

Beverages and light appetizers will be provided. Please RSVP, as space is limited.

When: Monday, November 5, 2018 7:00PM – 9:00PM
Where: DG717
717 Market Street, Suite 100
San Francisco, CA 94103

Ben Adida

Ben Adida

Ben Adida is a software engineer and architect passionate about empowering people to control their digital lives through Web
technology, open data formats, and cryptography. After receiving a Ph.D. in computer science from the Cryptography and Information Security group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he served as a post-doctoral fellow on Web security, privacy, and voting systems at Harvard University, where he designed and developed a Web-based voting system called Helios that he maintains today.

Ben also serves as an engineering director (currently for education software platform Clever, and previously for mobile-payments company
Square and browser developer Mozilla). And as a technical adviser for Creative Commons, which he currently serves as a board member, he co-created the World Wide Web Consortium’s RDFa structured-data recommendation.

Chris Jerdonek

Chris Jerdonek has been active in election reform for more than 15 years. He has served as a polling-place inspector in San Francisco 19 times, and he drafted a ranked-choice voting charter amendment that passed in Oakland in 2006. In 2015 and 2017, he served as president of the San Francisco Elections Commission. He now chairs its five-member Open Source Voting System Technical Advisory Committee.

Chris is a software developer and recently co-founded a startup called Shotwell Labs. He has contributed code to many open-source projects, including Python, Django, Mercurial, and WebKit. He has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Davis.

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