Adam Clayton Powell III

Senior Fellow, USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy

University Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center on Public Diplomacy

Every day, new threats to our democracy emerge. And every day, we hear more about disinformation, misinformation, election hacking, and cyberthreats. Many campaign staffers, election workers, and policymakers are left wondering how to protect themselves, campaigns and the democratic process as a whole.

Our candidate is Democracy.   

This is not just one state, it’s not just one political party, it’s not just one office. We intend to provide invaluable information and tools to help guard against election cyber attacks for now and the months ahead.

The project will familiarize participants with best practices for maintaining digital security. 

We have assembled a bipartisan team to dispatch to the 50 states that will share a multi disciplinary curriculum from six different schools across the University of Southern California. This initiative is all made possible by support from Google.

We all come together around this need for secure elections because we believe that the election process should be reliable and true. This is what our great democracy is founded on. 

Thank you for your interest. We can’t wait to see you at a workshop soon.

Geoffery Cowan

Principal Investigator

Adam Clayton Powell III

Executive Director

Justin Griffin

Managing Director

Jung-Hwa Kang

Program Manager

Tiffany Shackelford

Head of Outreach

What is the purpose of this initiative?

USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a brand new non-partisan independent project, supported by generous funding from Google, to help protect campaigns and elections.  We are going to be on the ground in all 50 states doing day-long training sessions.

Who is the target audience?

These events are targeted toward people in and around campaigns and elections, including but not limited to: campaign staffers, election officials, candidates, elected officials, and IT professionals. These events are also open to the general public.

What do the workshops consist of?

Events will be hosted in all 50 states. Visit our Events page to find an event closest to you.

Is there a party behind this initiative?

This is a non-partisan independent project to help protect campaigns and elections from digital and cyber attacks. No single political party is behind this initiative. Our candidate is democracy.

Where will the workshops be held?

Events will be hosted in all 50 states. Visit our Events page to find an event closest to you.

Where are you located?

The main office is located in Washington, DC.

How can I get in touch?

If you have questions, please email us at

How do I find out where you will be next?

Our Events page will have a list of every upcoming event.