Ok, so I’m guilty of a bit of link-baiting there. Sorry about that. Ok, I’m really not.
While results were painfully slow coming in, discussion started brewing. It was since brought up by CBC’s Unconventional Panel and by Global Calgary. Should Calgary move to online voting.
No. Absolutely not.
One of the comments on twitter the night of the Election was, “we can do this with public-key cryptography.” Public key crypto is awesome, and one of the best implementations is the RSA scheme, which requires very large prime numbers as keys. Since there are an infinite number of primes (and between 1 and any number n, we can estimate there are approximately n/ln(n) primes), it ends up being a really good scheme. One of the fathers of RSA, who also created the MDx cryptographic hashes (used often), is Ronald Rivest. His views on Online Voting can be found here: Electronic Voting
Released only this week, the independent panel commissioned by Elections BC released their preliminary report on online voting. The first of 4 major recommendations reads as follows:
Do not implement universal Internet voting for either local or provincial
government elections at this time. However, if Internet voting is
implemented, its availability should be limited to those with specific
accessibility challenges. If Internet voting is implemented on a limited basis,
jurisdictions need to recognize that the risks to the accuracy of the voting
results remain substantial.
The fact is, this report talks to many of the [...]Read More