Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Voting buttons in a pile
In a year where the COVID-19 pandemic has altered usual in-person voting procedures and campaigns have raised early doubts about whether results will be accurate, Pitt experts say voters should be prepared for a range of outcomes.
A mail-in ballot for Pennsylvania
A new report from Pitt’s Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security recommends expanded vote by mail, avoiding online voting and recruiting less vulnerable poll workers to keep the upcoming primary and presidential elections secure.
David Hickton in a black suit and blue tie
David Hickton, the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, is taking a leave of absence from Pitt to play a critical role in overseeing how trillions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding are spent.
Preet Bharara shoulders and up wearing blue sportcoat and blue dress shirt
Author and attorney Preet Bharara and Pitt Cyber’s David Hickton engaged with the Pitt community on subjects ranging from the Department of Justice, citizen responsibility and how future lawyers can be leaders in a packed Feb. 13 forum.
Person's hand placing a ballot in a slot in a voting box
The Pitt Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security's latest effort — maps and analysis of voting machine purchases in Pennsylvania — aims to steer counties that still need to buy new systems toward the safest and most secure option.
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an "I Voted" sticker that's broken into pieces on top of a background of 1s and 0s
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, co-chaired by Pitt Cyber’s David Hickton, urges the state to issue bonds, require audits and create emergency plans to protect elections.