The League of Women Voters of Newport County is hosting a presentation by Dr. James Ludes, Vice President for Public Research & Initiatives for Salve Regina University and Executive Director of the Pell Center, on December 4 at 6:00 pm at the Newport Art Museum.  The title of his presentation is “Defending Democracy: The Information, Cyber and Physical Threats to the 2020 Election Cycle.”  

Before coming to Salve, Dr. Ludes was executive director of the American Security Project, a think tank in Washington, and from November 2008 to February 2009 was a member of the Obama transition team.  His talk will highlight how social media and other methods can manipulate information to form the outcome of an election.

This event is free and open to the public.  To register go to:

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