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Greetings from the CEO – Fighting Fake News
Each of us is besieged on a daily basis by information from multiple sources. Too often that information is deliberately false and misleading. Such a climate makes managing elections — an already tough job — immeasurably more difficult. Not that fake news about elections is new. It’s been happening for years and the intention has always been the same: to confuse voters, erode public confidence in elections and their outcomes and, ultimately, undermine the democratic process. 
 
To further complicate things, other factors are at work causing anarchy in the dissemination and consumption of information. Traditional media no longer fully control the public narrative. The democratization of news generation has changed the sources of new information and the way people consume it. Audiences are prone to believe only what they already believe, an act called re-enforcement bias that has become increasingly common with the advent of social media. Fighting calculated, coordinated disinformation campaigns with instantaneous global reach can feel almost impossible.

As a partner to election officials worldwide, we see this problem as one we all share. Smartmatic has been actively fighting well-orchestrated disinformation campaigns launched by bad actors since we deployed our first voting system in 2004.

Countering this scourge is a huge responsibility for election officials. To help, we have published Communications in the Age of Fake News: A Crisis Handbook for Election Commissions. This easy-to-use guide provides practical tools and actionable guidance to help jurisdictions combat the spread of false election information. You will find sensible, scalable ideas to help you prepare for and respond to fake news with a strategic approach that can engender support from voters, candidates and other stakeholders. Educating voters — who are the main target of these disinformation campaigns — and collaborating with fact-checking media outlets are strategies we’ve learned work to offset false information. We hope you find this guide helpful.

Download the handbook here and let us know what you think and what else we can do to help.

Antonio Mugica
Smartmatic Founder and CEO
Events

Keep up to date on the latest election events happening across the country.


State and Presidential Primaries 2020
A comprehensive list of state and presidential primary dates for 2020 by state and date, including California, where LA County is launching its new VSAP system.


 

IGO 2020 Mid-Winter Conference
The International Association of Government Officials will hold its mid-winter conference this month. The conference will offer continuing education courses in best practices, industry trends, and emerging technology, all while creating and strengthening professional relationships. 

Isle of Palms, SC
January 24 - 30, 2020



National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) 2020 Winter Conference
Twice a year, NASS hosts a conference to discuss and exchange information between states that fosters cooperation in the development of public policy.  The association has key initiatives in the areas of elections and voting, state business services, and state heritage/archives.

Washington, DC
January 30 - February 2, 2020


National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) Winter 2020 Conference

Bi-annually, members gather to discuss the latest developments in election administration. 

Washington, DC
January 31 - February 2, 2020



SXSW Conference and Festival
This year SXSW Government and Politics track will feature panels that tackle the 2020 Election - taking a deep dive into data, political activism and election technology.

Austin, TX
March 13 - 22, 2020 



Smart Cities Spring Conference
The Smart Cities Conference convenes decision-makers focused on empowering smart cities at all stages of growth. They work to accelerate the adoption of smart technology solutions, aid in problem solving, and amplify city resources for the betterment of cities, communities, and their citizens.

Denver, CO
April 6 - 9, 2020


M-Enabling Summit
The M-Enabling Summit Conference and Showcase is dedicated to promoting accessible and assistive technology for senior citizens and users of all abilities. It is an annual meeting place for all who implement digital accessibility strategies or develop enabling ICT products, services for workplaces, learning environments or consumer markets.


Washington, DC
June 22 - 24, 2020



National Association of Counties Annual Conference
The NACo Annual Conference & Exposition is the largest meeting of county elected and appointed officials from across the country.


Las Vegas, NV
July 12 - 15, 2020

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