Can the dangers of Internet voting be mitigated?

Phil Windley is a really smart guy, so when he speaks on a technical matter, I make it a point to listen. (Also, he runs the @utahpolitics Twitter bot that so many of us know and love.) He recently raised a number of good points about some dangers in embracing electronic voting, none of which are trivial matters. Unlike Phil, I don’t think these are insurmountable barriers. I’d like to propose some ways we can work with and around them. Secret ballots are required There are a lot of benefits…

The Dangers of Internet Voting

I am serving on Lt. Governor Cox’s iVote panel, which is looking at whether Internet voting might be used in Utah. I presented the following statement to the panel this morning (August 25): Current computer operating systems, Internet protocols, and standard computing practices are inherently insecure. Recent news stories about break-ins at Target,UPS, Community Health Systems, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission point out all too well both the weaknesses in the system and the power of hackers to take advantage of those weaknesses. Groups mounting attacks include both state and criminal actors. Yet in…