OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – The University of Southern California hosted a virtual forum with experts and politicians on Thursday to discuss cybersecurity. It was an opportunity to identify the problem and find possible solutions.
“Disinformation is one of the biggest threats we face right now. It just hits something voters really need and these are facts ”
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold said disinformation helped spur the insurgency in the U.S. capital in January, she pointed to members of Congress like Paul Gosar and Lauren Boebert who themselves broadcast the disinformation.
“Who are spreading lies about 2020 and the electoral process for really their own partisan politics,” Griswold said.
Nebraska Congressman Don Bacon said replacing obsolete voting machines and conducting pre-election cyber checks would help ensure safe elections.
He also pointed the finger at China, and in particular Russia, which has targeted the US election with misinformation.
“I think their disinformation campaign was unreasonable. I consider this to be a form of information warfare that has fueled mistrust and lack of civility among Americans from all political and social backgrounds, ”Bacon said.
We also saw several Iowa officials, including U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and Secretary of State Paul Pate, Pate meticulously examining the means by which Iowa secures elections, claiming that all 99 counties are undergoing training and procedures to make this happen.
“My job is to ensure that the integrity of the vote is maintained and we continue to work with the 99 counties to ensure that every Iowan vote is protected,” Pate said.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has said he hopes their legislature votes to ensure Missourians vote only on paper ballots.
“As we try to use hand-marked paper ballots. If the voter gets a paper ballot, they fill it out themselves, that ballot was an act, they don’t have to worry about it, ”Ashcroft said.
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