Sunday, February 08, 2004

Voting security

Dan Gillmor points to the report on the security of voting machines and Internet voting more generally that helped prompt the Pentagon to pull their plans to allow servicemen posted overseas to vote online as I referred to the other day "... we reluctantly recommend shutting down the development of SERVE immediately and not attempting anything like it in the future until both the Internet and the world's home computer infrastructure have been fundamentally redesigned, or some other unforeseen security breakthroughs appear. We want to make clear that in recommending that SERVE be shut down, we mean no criticism of the FVAP, or of Accenture, or any of its personnel or subcontractors ..." Given that line "until ... fundamentally redesigned", I can see it being a while before these guys give a vote of confidence (so to speak) to online voting.

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