Sunday, March 23, 2008

The 21st century equivalent of stuffing ballot boxes and dead people voting

Posted here is the last part of a documentary called Hacking Democracy about some people who are looking into the security of electronic voting machines. It seems that they're not so security. You want to watch the other parts of which there are nine, go here. It's pretty interesting.

This last part has the group looking into the integrity of this voting system. Two voted yes to the question of is this system secure. Everyone else votes no. The votes are tallied and it reflects that only 7 voted yes and 1 voted no. Another member of this group was able to hack into a memory card to assure that the results are exactly what he wants them to be. Scary isn't it?

Well, I don't know what to believe. I wasn't in that room with them. I do wonder however if we should trust computers. Perhaps the older methods were without a doubt much better. Just a simple paper ballot with humans doing the counting. At least we wouldn't have to blame a computer.

What are your thoughts out there?

ADDITION: You may also watch the full version of Hacking Democracy at Google Video.

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