Matt Bernhard

Matt Bernhard is a graduate student of computer science at the University of Michigan. His research interests include technology, security, and society, with a focus on election systems and its security. He has contributed to research projects on voting like STAR-Vote, the 2016 Green Party recounts, and efforts to improve the security of democracy worldwide. Matt is one of the most sought speakers on the subject and has delivered talks at major events like CCC.

Palestra: Recount 2016: an Uninvited Security Audit of the 2016 US Presidential Election

The 2016 U.S. presidential election was preceded by unprecedented cyberattacks and produced a result that surprised many people in the U.S. and abroad. Was it hacked? To find out, we teamed up with scientists and lawyers from around the country—and a presidential candidate—to initiate the first presidential election recounts motivated primarily by e-voting security concerns. In this talk, we will explain how the recounts took place, what we learned about the integrity of the election, and what needs to change to ensure that future U.S. elections are secure.