U-M experts figure prominently in election coverage

In the run-up to the 2018 midterm elections, concerns about hacking, transparency, and the influence of “fake news” on election outcomes garnered unprecedented coverage by news organizations. Both national and local media often reached out to U-M experts in cybersecurity, social media, and data analysis to provide perspective, interpret research, and explain the challenges of our current electoral system.

Some, like J. Alex Halderman, a computer science and engineering professor and director of the U-M Center for Computer Science and Security, have become media mainstays on the subject of election technical vulnerabilities and cybersecurity. Other U-M experts cited in election stories include: Matthew Bernhard, CSE PhD student and a security researcher; Thomas Finholt, dean of the School of Information; Nadiya Kostyuk, PhD student in political science and public policy; LSA professor Walter Mebane, an expert on detecting electoral fraud; Paul Resnick, SI professor and the founder and acting director of the Center for Social Media Responsibility; and Michael Traugott, research professor at the U-M Center for Political Studies.

Below are links to a sampling of stories that featured expert sources from the university: