2004 Dr. Rebecca Mercuri

Dr Rebecca Mercuri”Computers, Public Policy and You”

Dr. Rebecca Mercuri became an overnight national celebrity in the center of a media frenzy when the U.S. Presidential election ended in a dead heat in November 2000. A few weeks earlier, she had successfully defended her Doctoral Dissertation “Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks and Balances” at the University of Pennsylvania, and then found herself defending the Democratic Recount Committee in the now-legendary Bush v. Gore case working its way through the court system. Her testimony was presented to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and referenced in the briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Since then, she has provided formal testimony on voting systems to the House Science Committee, Federal Election Commission and the U.K. Cabinet, has been quoted in the U.S. Congressional Record, and has played a direct role in municipal, state, federal, and international legislative initiatives. Rebecca’s comments on election technology are frequently cited by the media, and she authors the quarterly “Security Watch” column in the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery. She is currently at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, as a research fellow in their Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Mercuri is also a popular TCF lecturer and long-time attendee. http://www.notablesoftware.com/rmercuri.html