Here is the comment I posted on The Economist
article Online voting could transform Britain’s electorate
- April 18, 2015
Considering that The
Economist itself reports "Companies, markets and countries are
increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and spies",
it seems extraordinarily unwise to open up voting to these kinds of
attacks. (Economist quote from Defending the digital frontier http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21606416-companies-markets-...
Sophisticated and in some cases state-sponsored attackers have broken
in to White House computers and the Canadian National Research Council.
We know this because some of the breaches have been detected and (to
the extent possible) repaired. (BBC News - White House computer network
; BBC News - Canada National Research Council 'hacked by Chinese spies' http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28548925
Elections cannot be "repaired" after the fact, and they shouldn't
have to be. Online voting increases risk enormously, without providing
any benefits. Even if online voting security were extremely good, there
would still be the issue of coercion. But time and again when voting
technology is examined, the security is inept at best. For example, the
recent analysis of a voting system in Virginia revealed multiple
serious, exploitable flaws. (The Guardian -
Voting machine password hacks as easy as 'abcde', details Virginia state report http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/apr/15/virginia-hacking-voting-m...
This is in addition to the specific issues with Internet voting that Barbara Simons reports in her comment.
I trust the Economist to have a high standard of research and
evidence in its articles. I do not see the usual standard of care
applied in this fallacious article about online voting.
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