eVoting issues ignored

The nation's mass media continue to turn a blind eye to the issue of eVoting, based on the lack of advance or followup reporting of a Maryland conference on the subject. The split between technologists (who urge caution and worry about security) and corporations/government officials (who urge adoption and seem concerned only with vote counts that are faster and cheaper) was highlighted Dec. 10-11 at the "Building Trust and Confidence in Voting Systems" conference at the National Institute of Standards & Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. Classic propaganda techniques should make all of us take notice. Representatives of the big four firms and government officials refer to security professionals as "black helicopter people" ... in other words, "conspiracy buffs, X-files folks." This is an attempt to paint the critics as "fringe" or "lunatic" in the minds of voters, when in fact the technologists are esteemed professionals in their field. …continue reading →

France issues eVoting report

A Politech reader reported last week that the French-government-supported Internet Rights Forum ("Le Forum des droits sur l'internet") has published recommendations about the future of eVoting in France. The audit recommendation does not explicitly call for a "voter-verifiable audit trail," which is the goal of two European advocacy groups: the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR) and the Free E-democracy Project. Last month, California became the first state to require a voter-verified audit trail, but not until 2006. …continue reading →

Diebold backs down

In a major policy reversal, Diebold stated Monday that it plans to retract the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notices it has filed against ISPs that have posted copies of e-mail correspondance relating to its touch-screen voting machines. In addition, the firm said it would not sue the people who posted the correspondance. Presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) recently asked the U.S. House Judiciary Committee to investigate Diebold's DMCA takedown notices; he has accused Diebold of abusing the DMCA by using the copyright argument to supress speech. Links: cNet (1 Dec); Seattle PI (AP - 1 Dec); Rep. Dennis Kucinich; WiredPen (25 Nov); WiredPen (19 Nov)continue reading →