Posts with keyword: evoting


eVoting Reports Continue Negative News

I just put some pointers at Between the Lines to three new reports on the security problems inherent in eVoting systems.
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Saying Yes to Paper Ballots

An editorial in last Thursday's Deseret News got a little hot under the collar over the current debate over what to do with electronic voting. It said, in part: The concern is understandable, of course. New inventions make nervous Nellies of us all. People once feared that microwave ovens would make them sterile or that garage door openers might lead to cancer. Humorist James Thurber recalled that his mother would never leave light sockets open in the house because she was convinced electricity would leak out, costing her money and threatening her health. Such things are often the source
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eVoting Machine Secrets for $82

Princeton computer science professor Andrew Appel paid $82 to acquire five Sequoia electronic voting machines from a government auction site. This is the first time anyone's examined a Sequoia machine without signing an NDA. Here's his story.
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Paper for Voting

Legislation pending in Congress would ban the use of paperless electronic voting machines in the 2008 election. When John Dougall proposed the legislation in Utah requiring a paper audit trail, there were some naysayers. John's looking pretty smart now since his legislation ensured that Utah didn't buy machines it would now have to throw out or modify.
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Towards and Open Identity Layer

The first afternoon session was on Towards and Open Identity Layer and Trusted Exchange: What Might it Look Like? The panelists were Paul Trevithick, Parity Communications; Dale Olds, Novell; Tony Nadalin, IBM; Kim Cameron, Microsoft; and Marc Rotenberg, EPIC. John Clippinger, Berkman Center was the moderator. One of the topics that was discussed was security. Kim Cameron made the point that CardSpace doesn't build all the walls that might need to be built, but it changes the paradigm so that the walls can be built. Marc Rotenberg brought up the issue of electronic voting systems. He says that there
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More Diebold Hacking Demonstrations

The Miami Herald has an article on some recent demonstrations that aimed to show Florida officials how easy it would be to hack into electronic voting machines and change the outcome of the election. (They've also got some really annoying Javascript popups that mess up the page.) BlackBox hired Herbert Thompson, a computer-science professor and strategist at Security Innovation, which tests software for companies such as Google and Microsoft. Thompson couldn't hack into the system from the outside. So Sancho gave him access to the central machine that tabulates votes and to the last school election at Leon County
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