For anyone who follows me on twitter, you know that one of the things I am most passionate about is the fight to stop online voting. Today I am not here to go through the reasons again – the information is out there, between MIT, the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery), and other sources, there is much understanding of attacks, cryptography, and information security. However, I am here to comment on the decision yesterday by Edmonton’s City Council.
To the dismay of my cubicle buddies, I listened to the entire livestream of the Council Chambers. It was clear that most of the Councillors did not fully understand the technical elements of potential breaches, but had taken the time to talk to IT professionals who do. It was also clear that they had major reservations about the possibility of coercion of the vote, when not behind the safety of the screen in a polling station.
Now, due to my stance on the issue, I have been called everything from a fear-mongerer to a scam artist. I have been told that I am a threat to democracy, and that Edmonton’s City Council demonstrated a complete lack of leadership. On the other hand, this is [...]Read More