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Rebecca Mercuri Photo Dr. Rebecca Mercuri has been referred to as "one of the leading international experts on electronic voting." A technology specialist, Rebecca defended her doctoral dissertation "Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks & Balances" at the Engineering School of the University of Pennsylvania, just eleven days before the 2000 U.S. Presidential election. Subsequently, her testimony and opinions were sought in Bush v. Gore and referenced in briefs presented to the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2002 she was contacted by Janet Reno and her legal team to help solve the mystery of the thousands of votes that vanished from the new touch-screen machines being used in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Since then, Dr. Mercuri has provided formal testimony and comment to the House Science Committee, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Election Assistance Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the U.K. Cabinet, and numerous U.S. state legislatures. Her advocacy work has directly influenced the wording of state, federal, and international election legislation as well as standards and best practices guidelines.

Dr. Mercuri has observed elections as a scientist, expert witness, poll-worker and committeewoman in numerous U.S. States, for over two decades. Many of Rebecca's views and numerous of her papers on electronic voting appear on her website. She authors the Security Watch column for the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery, where she also serves as a contributing editor. She has been frequently quoted in the New York Times, the Economist and the Wall Street Journal, by the Associated Press, in the Congressional Record, and various other venues, including TV appearances on Fox News, NBC Nightline, a debate on Lou Dobbs, and numerous radio features including NPR's Morning Edition and This American Life.

A true renaissance woman, Rebecca has a deep commitment to artistic endeavors. As a board member of the Delaware Valley Acoustical Society and the Philadelphia Audio Engineering Society, her interests in music have included: owning a vintage RCA theremin; presenting history talks about music synthesis; hobby and emergency activities in amateur radio; research in directional hearing and room simulation; development and marketing of interactive software in music education for Notable Software; and occasional assistance in live sound reinforcement with her brother's company, Keystone Studios. In addition to her Ph.D., Dr. Mercuri holds various degrees in engineering and computer science from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University and Penn State, as well as a B.Mus. in classical guitar from the University of the Arts, and honorary alumna status at Harvard/Radcliffe. A member of the Philadelphia Folk Song Society, a soprano in the Princeton Society for Musical Amateurs, and a card-carrying affiliate of the Musician's Union, Local 77, she can often be found enjoying and participating in the festivities at numerous folk festivals, during the summer months.

Following two fellowship years at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Radcliffe Institute, Dr. Mercuri returned to the consulting company she founded, to continue her work as a forensic computing expert on a wide range of civil, municipal and criminal cases. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the professional joint chapter of the Princeton ACM/IEEE Computer Society, and a senior member of the IEEE and member of the executive board of its Princeton / Central Jersey Section.

Some past talks by Rebecca Mercuri:

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