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I wanted to let you know about the panel session on the Effects of
Technology on Voting that is being held by the Columbia Political Union
(yes, this is the same group that brought the President of Iran in to
speak earlier this semester) on Monday, November 12, at 7:30PM. The
location is the Hamilton Classroom Building, Room 516. The building is
located at Amsterdam and 116th in New York City, and can be found on the
Columbia University campus map at:

Brief bios of the speakers appearing on the panel are below.

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Hope to see you there!

Rebecca Mercuri
Notable Software, Inc.


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Panel on the Effects of Technology on Voting

Lillie Coney, Associate Director of the Electronic Privacy Information
Center (EPIC)
Doug Chapin, Director of Election Online
Rebecca Mercuri, Expert Witness and Founder of Notable Software

November 12, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Hamilton Building, Room 516, Columbia University, Amsterdam & 116th, NYC

Lillie Coney has over 20 years of experience working with a wide range
of science and technology issues, especially in the areas of privacy and
electronic voting issues. Ms. Coney received a BA in Political Science
and a Masters in Public Administration from Lamar University in
Beaumont, Texas. Her current positions include Associate Director of the
Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in DC, Public Policy
Coordinator for the National Committee for Voting Integrity (NCVI),
member of the Brennan Center Taskforces on the Security and Usability of
Voting Systems, Coordinator for the Privacy Coalition, and advisor to
several organizations such as Verified Voting, ACCURATE, Voting System
Performance Rating, and Open Voting Consortium. Ms. Coney has also
written multiple law review articles and has testified before the
Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory

Doug Chapin has worked on both the legal and policy aspects of election
issues for more than fifteen years. He holds a law degree from
Georgetown University Law Center as well as a Masters in Public
Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of
Government and a Bachelors degree from Princeton. He currently serves as
the Director of Election Online, a nonpartisan and non-advocacy election
reform website established by the Pew Institute. Before becoming
Director of Election Online, he counseled various clients on compliance
with federal, state, and local laws regulating campaign finance,
lobbying, gifts to public officials, and conflicts of interest. For
three years, he served as elections counsel to the Democrats on the U.S.
Senate Rules Committee, where he worked on election issues within the
Committee’s jurisdiction, including the disputed 1996 Senate election in

Rebecca Mercuri is a technology specialist who defended her doctoral
dissertation "Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks & Balances" at the
Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania just eleven days
before the 2000 U.S. Presidential election. Subsequently, her testimony
and opinions were sought in Bush v. Gore and referenced in briefs
presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since then, Dr. Mercuri has
provided formal testimony and comment to the House Science Committee,
the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Election Assistance Commission,
the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the U.K. Cabinet,
and numerous U.S. state legislatures. Following two fellowship years at
Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Radcliffe
Institute, Dr. Mercuri returned to the consulting company she founded,
Notable Software, Inc., to continue her work as a forensic computing
expert witness on a wide range of civil, municipal and criminal cases.

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Rebecca Mercuri has been in the forefront of the voting integrity movement since 1989. She provides expert witness services for elections and other forensic computing matters.

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