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Working group report

Cyber security wards off threats during polls

Published : 12 Jun 2019, 20:12

Updated : 13 Jun 2019, 10:37

  DF Report

Photo credit:Ministry of Justice.

A working group in its report has concluded that the preparedness to support cyber security in the parliamentary elections was a success.

No major attempt to interfere with the elections was detected, said a government press release.

It was concluded, however, that cooperation arrangements among the authorities concerned, deepening of the research know-how in social media and the ability to ensure citizens’ access to information need to be addressed and further developed.

Among other things, the working group proposed that the electoral system should be defined as a part of the critical infrastructure and training on how to counter election interference should be incorporated into the training of election officials.

It is also important to develop the information technology expertise among the authorities concerned since the social media and related algorithms, machine learning and artificial intelligence are undergoing significant changes; these will have a great impact on the information that reaches the citizens.