The web: Hardly ready for Internet voting.

So many articles this week demonstrating that the web is not safe for voting. Especially when in the hands of under-resourced government agencies and political parties.  (It is also unsafe in the hands of fully-resourced governments and cyber-experts.)

Singapore plans to take its Government offline (that is all employees to use a closed network). Der Spiegal <read if you know German>.  The short version is they do secret banking like Switzerland and they do not believe they can protect their tax avoiding customers.  On the other hand it might keep the public from finding out what they are doing in other government activities.  I for one, would not bet on this working.  There are a lot of holes and vulnerabilities in any system, especially when big $ are involved.

Then we have an above average size government agency that cannot create a safe voter registration system, i.e. Washington D.C.  Washington Post: Glitch believed to be based in mobile app erases some D.C. voters’ party affiliation  <read>  D.C. is pretty good size, compared to the average of the 169 towns in Connecticut that would have been charged with implementing and protecting Internet voting if the General Assembly had had its way.  P.S.  Even with help, D.C. had its own problems with Internet voting <read>

Meanwhile the party that allows overseas voters to participate in its primaries via Internet voting has its own problems. Wired: Russia’s Breach of the DNC Is About More Than Trump’s Dirt <read>

As CTVotersCount readers know, Internet voting should not be compared to a normal application.  Its not like the risk of copying some public information, information that should be public, stealing a few million from a bank.  Its about billions in government spending, changing election results and covering that up. E.g from the Daily Dot:  Online voting is a cybersecurity nightmare <read>


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