A credible election technology company makes an incredible assertion, and the result is our CTO hot-in-pursuit of some intellectual honesty. The good news: the conversation is growing on the emerging issue of America's crumbling election technology infrastructure. The bad news: articles like the one reviewed by our CTO, particularly when published by a respectable online scientific journal create a "reality distortion field" resulting in "sound-bytes" that can mislead policy makers, politicians, and less informed pundits. Result: degradation of the signal to noise ratio and a hacked case for election technology. Read on, for a dose of intellectual honesty from our Chief election technologist...
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A long form look on the Estonian iVoting experience and our thoughts on why it’s not feasible here at home.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asked for public comment on the use of the Internet for election-related activities (among other digital democracy related matters). They recently published the responses, including those from OSDV. I'll let Greg highlight the particularly public-policy-related questions and answers, but I wanted to highlight some aspects of our response that differ from some others.
- Like many respondents, we commented on that slippery phrase "Internet voting", but focused on a few of the specific issues that apply particularly in the context of overseas and military voters.
- Also in that context, we addressed some uses of the Internet that could be very beneficial, but are not voting per se.
- We contrasted other countries' experiences with elections and the Internet with the rather different conditions here in the U.S.
For more information, of course, I suggest reading our response. In addition, for those particularly interested in Internet voting and security, you can get additional perspectives from the responses of TrustTheVote advisors Candice Hoke and David Jefferson, which are very nicely summarized on the Verified Voting blog.