The Wellesley LWV Opening Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 from 6:30-9 pm at the Wellesley Free Library (Wakelin Room).
Join us for our Opening Meeting to learn about efforts to improve fairness in our election process. Our featured speaker will be Barbara Bluestein Simons, a voting cyber security expert, who has been on the Board of Advisors of the US Election Assistance Commission since she was appointed by Senator Reid in 2008 and is currently chair of the Verified Voting Foundation, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for legislation and regulation to promote accuracy, transparency and verifiability of elections. Her talk is entitled "Election Security: Threats and Solutions." Dr. Simons published "Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?", a book on voting technology co-authored with Douglas Jones. She also co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of the Department of Defense's Internet Voting project (SERVE) in 2004 because of security concerns. Simons is a former President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the oldest and largest international educational and scientific society for computing professional. She is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at U C Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in computer science. She is the Board Chair of Verified Voting and is retired from IBM Research as well as being a proud member of the San Francisco LWV.
Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 and the lecture will begin promptly at 7. This event is free and open to the public.