Law Assistant Position -- Professor Thaw looking for research assistance for "Election Hacking" project

Professor David Thaw is looking for hire a research assistant (Law Assistant) for an "election hacking" project for the 2018-2019 school year. The project examines the different types of "cyberattacks" which threaten modern elections, and argues that "influence operations" -- Internet and other "cyber" attacks designed to change whether/how people vote -- presently are the most dangerous threat to electoral integrity. This is because these types of attacks are technologically difficult to distinguish from lawful, protected political speech and because existing law provides few (if any) remedies even if such attacks are discovered.

For applicants who wish to read further about the project, a working draft of the paper is available at https://ssrn.com/abstract=3038308. (There is *no* expectation applicants will have read the paper in advance.)

The Law Assistant would be assisting with relevant legal research related to the publication of a law review Article, as well as learning about and having the opportunity to locate, identify, and use authorities other than traditional legal sources (e.g., technological and psychology literature) necessary to the formation and support of a legal argument of this nature. There will also be opportunities to assist with revisions of, and provide input into, the final draft. With the upcoming midterm election cycle, opportunities to participate in the drafting of shorter-form pieces (e.g., op-eds and blog posts) may exist as well.

The position generally is open to 2Ls and 3Ls. No prior Internet or "cyber" coursework is required, but some interest in these and related computing and information topics is preferred. Standard School of Law policies and rates for the payment of "Law Assistant(s)" apply.

Interested students should send an application via email to Professor Thaw (dbthaw@pitt.edu) including:

• brief cover email expressing interest in the position
• resume

(Please indicate "Law Assistant Application" in the subject line of your email.)

The position will remain open until filled, but interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis until the position is filled.