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[liberationtech] Stanford FSI | CDDRL - Democracy Rebooted: The Future of Technology in Elections

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Wed Sep 23 20:07:12 PDT 2015

Democracy Rebooted: The Future of Technology in Elections

President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Republic of Estonia
Date and Time
September 24, 2015 4:30 PM - 5:45 PM
AvailabilityRSVP <>

RSVP required by 5PM September 24.
LocationBechtel Conference Center

Encina Hall
616 Serra St.
Stanford, CA 94305-6055
FSI Contact
Audrey McGowan <>

audrey.mcgowan at

*Please RSVP. We will close registration once the attendance list reaches
250 people. *

On September 24, Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule
of Law in partnership withThe Atlantic Council
<> will present a public address by
President Toomas Ilves of Estonia on the future of technology in elections.
Elections are set to take center stage in the coming year, in this country
and abroad. As technology plays an increasingly large role in people’s
lives, the discussion—moderated by CDDRL Director Francis Fukuyama
<>— will explore its role in
elections worldwide. President Ilves of Estonia—the only country in the
world to use Internet voting for national elections— will discuss how
technology can promote transparency, inclusion, and stronger democracies.

This event is a partnership between Stanford’s Center on Democracy,
Development and the Rule of Law and The Atlantic Council, a DC-based
think-tank committed to promoting constructive leadership and engagement in
international affairs.

Toomas Hendrik Ilves was elected President of the Republic of Estonia in
2006 and re-elected in 2011. He served as Chairman of the EU Task Force on
eHealth from 2011 to 2012, and since November 2012 he became Chairman of
the European Cloud Partnership Steering Board. His interest in computers
stems from an early age – he learned to program at the age of 13 - and he
has been promoting Estonia’s IT-development since the country restored its
independence. Prior to his presidency, he served as Ambassador of Estonia
to the United States of America and Canada (1993 -1996). In this position,
he initiated the Tiger Leap initiative to computerize and connect all
Estonian schools online. He also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs
(1996-1998; 1998-2002) and Member of the Estonian Parliament (2002-2004).
In recent years, President Ilves has spoken and written extensively on
integration, transatlantic relations, e-government, and cyber security. He
graduated from Columbia University in 1976 and received his Master’s degree
in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1978.
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