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    Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
    EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

    Course Overview

    The certificate course called Securing Digital Democracy by Coursera prepares every citizen about the true potential of electronic and internet voting aspects in the future. It teaches you everything that you must know about the true risks and security issues in our times. This course takes a look at the different times of past, the present, and future aspects of conducting elections and the various technologies involved in elections. This course will teach candidates about exploring the different subsets intersected by the factors involved in the process like Including the use of computers, human factors, Cybersecurity and its threats, public policy, and other related factors.

    This course is rightly titled securing digital democracy since it deals with the most important aspect of democracy, the elections. The course teaches in detail the entire electoral process and the challenges one can encounter and hence prepare for in the future course of elections. With insights from the past with a detailed history of voting, this course is curated with a very structured format that is easy to grasp and allows an understanding of every candidate from different backgrounds. For candidates from public policy, cybersecurity, and software testing this course will develop an understanding of the electoral process and its changing dynamics that will better help them develop tools for the elections of the future.

    The Highlights

    • Course offered by University of Michigan 
    • The programme duration is 14 hours 
    • Access the programme in different language subtitles 
    • Completely 100% online offering 
    • E-certificates can be shared ahead 
    • Certification from Coursera

    Program Offerings

    • videos
    • Readings
    • Practice Exercises
    • online

    Courses and Certificate fees

    Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
    INR 2381yesCoursera

    The Securing Digital Democracy fees details are given below:

    • The fee payment for Securing Digital Democracy is Rs. 2,381.

    Securing Digital Democracy Fees Details:


    Fee in INR

     Course on Securing Digital Democracy 

    Rs. 2,381

    Eligibility Criteria

    Certification Qualifying Details

    The Participants will be given a course completion certificate only if they complete the programme successfully as well as make fee payment for it. 

    What you will learn

    Knowledge of Cyber Security

    By taking this certification programme in Securing Digital Democracy candidates can gain the following insights:

    • An understanding of the reasons for the current day electoral process and its development through the history of elections. 
    • Learning about the history of computers in the electoral process, its advantages, and security risks involved.
    • Public policy candidates can learn about how the various methods of registrations and voter IDs have evolved for the computer elections age.
    • Ways in which new technology and voting processes can be refined for further policy development, software testing, and programming to avoid the threats to elections.

    Who it is for

    Admission Details

    Candidates can apply for admissions in this Securing Digital Democracy programme by:

    Step 1: Visit the Course page.

    Step 2: Clicking on the ‘Enroll for Free’ tab

    Step 3: Signing up and creating a login from Google or Facebook ID

    Step 4: A window will appear with 2 options namely, ‘Purchase Course’ and ‘Full Course, No Certificate’.

    Step 5: If you purchase the course, the candidate needs to make the payment online. In case the candidate opts for 2nd option then the candidate can access the full course without making the payment but the certificate will not be given.

    The Syllabus

    • Welcome
    • The Security Mindset
    • Security Requirements for Voting
    • The Living Voice
    • Early Paper Ballots
    • The Australian Ballot
    • Mechanical Voting Machines
    • Punched Card Voting

    • Syllabus and Logistics
    • Staff
    • Companion Reading and Resources
    • Help us learn more about you!
    • Reading List

    Practice Exercise
    • Voting as a Security Problem

    • Computers at the Polls
    • Optical Scan Voting
    • DRE Voting Machines
    • Inside the Black Box
    • Paper as a Defense
    • Diebold
    • More Goes Wrong

    • Reading List

    Practice Exercise
    • Computers at the Polls

    • Voter Registration
    • Voter Authentication
    • Guarding Against Tampering
    • Field Testing
    • Case Studies
    • India's EVMs
    • Tamperproof?
    • India's Response
    • Bonus: Deport on Arrival

    • Reading List

    Practice Exercise
    • Security Procedures and Voting Around the World

    • Usability
    • Usable Paper Ballots
    • Accessibility
    • Absentee Voting
    • A Bad Idea
    • Client-side Threats
    • Server-side Threats
    • Washington, D.C.

    • Reading List

    Practice Exercise
    • Human Factors and Internet Voting

    • Criteria
    • Post-Election Auditing
    • End-to-End Verifiable Voting
    • Verifying an E2E Result
    • Election Policy in the U.S.
    • Testing and Certification
    • Recommendations

    • Reading List
    • Post-course Survey
    • Keep Learning with Michigan Online!

    Practice Exercise
    • New Technology and Policy


    UM–Ann Arbor Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

    1: Can I get financial aid for the course?

    Yes, Coursera offers financial assistance to candidates with some financial restraints. Please log in here for more details:

    2: What is included in the course fee?

    The course fee includes graded assignments, video lectures, reading material as well as the certificate of completion for the course. 

    3: How can we resolve our queries/doubts?

    Candidates may ask their queries/doubts at the student discussion forum that is specifically meant for the peers attending the same course. The discussions are happening 24x7 on the forum.

    4: Will I have to visit the campus?

    No. The course is completely online with no campus visit required. Just register and start watching from your home.

    5: Who teaches this Securing Digital Democracy course?

    The course is taught by J. Alex Halderman, who is an Associate Professor from the electrical engineering and computer science department and the University of Michigan.

    6: What is the total course duration?

    The Programme requires approximately 14 hours to complete. However, it is a self-paced course and candidates get to decide their speed. 

    7: Who is the course offered by?

    The course in Securing Digital Democracy is offered by the University of Michigan.

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