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Media Roundtable: US-Iran tensions & the security of electronic voting machines


On this week’s media roundtable, we’ll discuss coverage of the first round of US sanctions on Iran, which begin August 4th, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s talk signaling the Trump administration’s dangerous policy on Iran.

Also, the United States’ top voting machine vendor Election Systems and Software admitted that it installed remote-access software on the systems it sold between 2000 and 2006. With the 2018 midterm election looming, how safe are electronic voting machines?


Kim Zetter, award-winning investigative journalist who covers privacy, computer security and national security, and author of Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon

Farnaz Fassihi, award winning journalist, senior writer at the Wall Street Journal, and author of Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq

Web Resources:

Motherboard: Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

The NY Times: The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

The Wall Street Journal: Trump and Iran Leader Swap Taunts as Sanctions Loom

CNBC:  State Dept aims to cut Iran oil exports to zero but leaves wiggle room for some importers

BBC: The impact of Iran sanctions - in charts

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.