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The Technical Challenges Facing iVoting

iVoting faces several technological challenges before it can begin to be implemented.  Most election officials and experts in the field are hesitant or skeptical about implementing iVoting with current Internet and Web technology.  Even when we view iVoting as simply returning a digital absentee ballot or the digital equivalent of voting by mail, as I explain in this installment of my series, there are still substantial innovations required....

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The Challenges of iVoting Implementation

When we last left this discussion, I had laid out a basis for our interest in technologies just over the horizon or "ready next" and in particular the growing interest in smartphone voting. I am essentially carving up a technology backgrounder white paper for easy reading here. Today I help us dive in with a survey of the challenge areas to "Pajama Voting" (I love that phrase)...

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Is Foreign State Hacking of an Election An Act of War?

A couple of days ago Benjamin Dynkin, Barry Dynkin & Daniel Garrie, published an intriguing article in the New York Law Journal, “Hacking Elections: An Act of War?” (Subscription required.)  The article is well heeled; Benjamin Dynkin is a law clerk at Grauman Law Group. Barry Dynkin is of counsel at the firm, where he heads the cyber security practice. Daniel Garrie is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare and a partner at Zeichner Ellman & Krause.  And its worth summarizing here food for thought (inasmuch as possibly some intellectual navel-gazing ;-)

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iVoting and the Challenges of Election Reform

This is the first of a multi-part series on the topic of iVoting -- its many challenges to becoming a reality.  This blog post introduces author Sergio Valente, a student at American University and an Electoral Infrastructure Policy Researcher & Analyst at the OSET Institute.

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Addressing the Impact of Voter Data Tampering

We are often asked to explain the impact of compromised voter data and we realized today that given some very relevant integrity engineering going on in the TrustTheVote Project its worth revisiting that for new citizens following our work, especially the growing #unhackthevote community.....

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A Call for the President to Act on Electoral Integrity Preparedness

Its not common for us to wade into policy issues of our U.S. President's Administration, but given how much we've witnessed regarding foreign meddling in the 2016 election cycle, we believe its well within our mission scope to comment today on this nation's preparedness regarding our election infrastructure in upcoming elections.....

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An Open Letter to DHS Secretary Johnson About Election Night Security

With all due respect Mr. Secretary.  I've had the privilege and honor to provide confidential subject matter expertise to your Department on election technology security.  And nothing I write here will compromise that duty requested of me, including its confidentiality.  However, given your remarks on Tuesday while chatting with the Washington Post columnist David Ignatius in a conversation carried on CSPAN, you reiterated statements previously made by your Department regarding the security of the election.  I respectfully assert that these statements now need to be clarified...

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The Russians Are Coming. Oh Snap, They’re Already Here

Many of us witnessed the breaking story over the weekend about the decision by both the President and the Congress (in a rare bipartisan fashion) to finally take the matter seriously and perform the imperative deep forensic investigation required to get to the bottom of how and to what extent our most vital aspect of the administration of our democracy was compromised or meddled in by the Russian government or any foreign state actor.  Regardless of what they learn, the critical point is the need to replace our deteriorating voting infrastructure before the next Presidential election...

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With the Election Past; The Clock is Running

With the election behind us, regardless of how you view the results, one irrefutable fact remains... the 2016 general election is absolutely the last election the existing voting infrastructure of this nation can possibly support.  Another fact is that the machinery of America's elections is on its last legs (literally)...

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Is the Electoral College Dead, and is Their An App For That?

Today Facebook is full of calls for a national popular vote ("NPV") and even more for something called the National Popular Vote Compact.  Implementing NPV not only requires substantial political will (and US constitutional amendment); it requires nationwide audits and recounts, national open data standards, and evidenced based election technology with voter verifiable paper trails.  The TrustTheVote Project may have an App or two to help if and when the time comes.  At the very least, our work can facilitate that conversation.  Today, national election integrity activist and expert Luther Weeks lays out some of the challenges...

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Response Letter to POLITICO Article on Critical Election Infrastructure

Below is a letter sent to Tim Starks and Cory Bennett of POLITICO, who cover cyber-security issues.  There seems to be some fundamental misunderstandings of the challenges local election officials (LEOs) face, the process by which the equipment is qualified for deployment (albeit decrepit archaic technology by today's standards), what the vulnerabilities are (and are not), and why a designation of "critical infrastructure" is an important consideration.  We attempt to address some of those points in this response to Tim's otherwise really good coverage....

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Finally, Gov Starts Talking About Critical Democracy Infrastructure

This week the Government started earnest discussions about election infrastructure as possibly rising to the level of critical infrastructure.  Like us, we think they're sensing that this coming general election is ripe for disruption, both from foreign operator but potentially even domestic actors.  We think this is a great idea, but not without the required action to make it really happen.  Designations are start, but there is a bunch of work to be done...

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The Awful New Four Letter Word: "Rigged"

Fear, uncertainty, and doubt: the recipe for a disastrous election outcome.  FUD attacks are one of the easiest ways to derail an election.  This is a very tangential surface of the voting infrastructure deterioration problem... a problem the Obama Administration is finally asking us about, and while we cannot say more about that (yet) what we want to mention here is the horribly disturbing comments this morning from one campaign's officials about the likelihood of an illegitimate election this November.  This is not kewl...

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