Robert Mueller Showed How U.S. Elections Broke in 2016. Here’s How to Fix Them

A pretty inclusive article from TIME: Robert Mueller Showed How U.S. Elections Broke in 2016. Here’s How to Fix Them <read>

Over a nearly two-year investigation, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has shown the sheer breadth of the Russian effort to meddle in the 2016 election.

From hacking into campaign email systems to using social media to stir up voters, the Russian effort hit at a number of soft spots in the American electoral system.

Experts say Russia didn’t stop there either, using similar strategies to attempt to influence the 2018 elections, and, they expect, the 2020 elections as well. They also warn that Iran and China may be mulling similar influence operations too.

Here’s what experts say would strengthen American elections against future attacks.

  • Use paper ballots

  • Secure online voter rolls

  • Audit elections

  • Stop the spread of fake news

  • Make social media ad-buying more transparent

  • Improve technology policy

I fully agree, except possibly with “Stop the spread of fake news”, where the devil may be in the details. Any attempt to squash free speech may backfire.

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