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Internet Voting: An Inevitability?

Filed under: General — October 1, 2003 @ 12:18 pm

Wendy Seltzer points out that Verisign will provide absentee voting technology. Who’s going to audit this technology? Will it be open-source so that anyone can audit it?

In a previous post, I mentioned that current expert thinking on Internet Voting is mostly apocalyptic: we just don’t have the technology or social awareness to operate internet voting correctly right now. That said, it seems industry and politicians are moving along with it regardless of current technical concerns. There is a sense of inevitability, like a train hurling down the tracks: we will have Internet Voting whether we like it or not.

The question is: who will build it?

We can’t build a perfect voting system or even a near-perfect one, but if we must have a system, let’s work on building the best one we can. Those of us who care about and know something about secure internet voting must get involved. Now. Because it’s going to happen, with or without us.

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