This news article by Anika Eleni Heinmaa is published by IDEA. Here is an excerpt:
The main themes under discussion included: the impact of cybersecurity when introducing new elections technologies, the intersection between cybersecurity and disinformation, regional cooperation and foreign interference. Related topics included the unique demands necessitated by the introduction of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in elections due to cyberattacks, as well as the broader shift towards online electoral campaigning.
The event was a continuation of International IDEA’s work supporting cybersecurity of elections in Europe, with previous events held in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Even in the three years since International IDEA last brought together EMBs, much has changed: While relatively few major incidents have taken place, the threat of cyberattacks has had a large impact on the way elections are run, and how international best practices have developed. The EMBs have realized that online threats are here to stay and will only continue to evolve moving forward. There are both real and perceived threats, for which we should make sure the EMBs possess the requisite knowledge to counter without having to rely solely on help from outside sources. Managing public expectations and awareness is crucial throughout the process, including to mitigate threats.
Main takeaways from the discussion included:
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