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Foreign Interference in Democratic Elections: Countdown to the Midterms

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street) Map

Presented by The Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, in partnership with the The Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI)Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at Wharton, and Penn’s Office of Information Security (OIS).

Listen to audio of the event, broadcaston WHYY, here.

U.S. POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY HAS ALWAYS ENCOMPASSED A DEEP-ROOTED AVERSION to any form of foreign interference against the country’s democratic institutions. But today, the threat is astonishing. Rapid advances in technology, interconnected global communications, flattening of in-person social interactions, creation of social media “bubbles,” and anonymized financial networks have fed and resulted in effective foreign interference efforts on a scale and scope not seen before…and that many believe are outpacing U.S. counter-efforts.

A distinguished panel will examine these crucial issues. Moderated by Trudy Rubin, award-winning foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the panelists include:

  • Raymond Baker, President of Global Financial Integrity and internationally renowned authority on dark money
  • Mitchell Orenstein, Department Chair of Russian and Eastern European Studies and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania 
  • Shawn Turner, Director of Communication for Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a former senior national security communication executive in the U.S. government, and a regular contributing on-air national security analyst with CNN
  • Clint Watts, Distinguished Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI); author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News; and frequent MSNBC commentator
  • and other experts to be announced

Free and open to the public: PLEASE REGISTER HERE.