2008 Not Worried Enough Yet?
posted by September 16 at 12:43 PMon
How about a nice dose of vote hacking paranoia?
Researchers at UCSB have demonstrated how ridiculously easy it is to compromise voting machines from Sequoia Voting Systems, which are currently used in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
Boring yet terrifying video, in two parts:
Sequoia recently intimidated New Jersey into not giving one of their machines to respected Princeton researcher Ed Felten for testing. They naturally claim intellectual property rights and all kinds of other horseshit in their quest to destroy the foundation of our government, which is itself, of course, also entirely complicit in this mess.
For a bit of contrast, here’s a page from Australia’s Capital Territory Election Commision’s site, which gives complete public access to their open-source voting software.
In one sentence, they explain why they’re smart and we’re dumb:
The software for the electronic voting and counting system was built using Linux open source software, which was chosen specifically for this electoral system to ensure that election software is open and transparent and could be made available to scrutineers, candidates and other participants in the electoral process.
I’m don’t think there’s a pill strong enough to make me feel better about this one.