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Last month, Columbia World Projects announced that it will partner with Microsoft to pilot ElectionGuard, a new technology aimed at improving the security of elections and confidence in the voting process. In this Q&A, Steven Bellovin, the Percy K. and Vidal L. W. Hudson Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, and Josh Benaloh, a Senior Cryptographer at Microsoft Research, two of the lead collaborators on the project, discuss how the project took shape and what it aims to achieve.

A letter from Ira Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History and Deputy Director of Columbia World Projects