Utah Politico Hub: Fearless Predictions Revisited

Wait a minute. Hold the presses. How did those Utah Politico Hub election predictions turn out? There were eight brave souls who put their sterling reputations on the line. With the election canvas producing three different winners than election night, it is only fair that we review what the “experts” thought about Utah races going into election night. Any pre-canvas analysis was (as we now know) premature. There are 12 races with predictions, although in fairness we were having a little fun with one of our own bloggers John English on…

iVote, Electronic Voting, and Security: Controlling Access

One of the most important parts of securing any electronic data is making sure that only authorized parties have access to it. This can often be quite a challenge in larger organizations, especially if the user base grows. Assuming voter registration is about the same as it was in 2012, you have to figure out how to secure a system that handles 1.5M total users. Successfully authenticating that many users is quite a challenge, and almost any method used to do so has its pros and cons. Let’s take a…

iVote, Electronic Voting, and Security: An Introduction

I’m very honored and privileged to be part of the iVote Advisory Committee to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox. This committee has a lot of smart people putting their minds towards considering all of the implications of expanding voting to be as convenient as pulling out a smartphone. I know several of the members personally, several by reputation, and several not at all, but from our first discussion, I feel confident that we’ll end up providing some very smart feedback that considers the full implications of turning personal connected devices into…

The Death Of The Tribune’s Business Model Doesn’t Mean Journalism Is Dead

Yesterday, Jesse Harris wrote that the Salt Lake Tribune should die, and the arrogance of the “Save the Tribune” petition and movement is just further proof of why. He argued that traditional print media’s business model is failing, and no softly bigoted campaign to save the Tribune from the evil clutches of the LDS owned Deseret News will change that. The response from journalists was swift and aggressive. And much of it just further proves Jesse’s point. While I do see a need for full-time, professional journalism because part-time, unpaid bloggers can…

A Labor of Love: Helping Legislative Interns Find the One. #internpickuplines

Rep. Dan McCay gets in on the #internpickuplines meme on March 11, 2014.

With just three days to go, those following the Utah Legislature on Twitter Tuesday morning (March 11, 2014) were treated to an explosion of, well, intern pick up lines. Blame Spencer Nitz, who styles himself the “Official Meme Creator” of the Utah House of Representatives. Observing that the imminent sine die motion in three days was leading to an uptick in intern romance, Nitz provoked a bit of legislative “Dad humor,” as Jesse Harris called it. There’s a strong correlation between time remaining in #utleg session and number of interns…