Can electronic driver licenses work? Some considerations.

Rep. Craig Hall is sponsoring HB227 asking the Driver License Division and Department of Technology Services to advise the legislature on the feasibility of allowing electronic driver licenses. I’ll admit, there’s a lot of things in your wallet now that you can store on a phone including credit cards and membership cards. Moving to a driver license, though, gives me some pause. Similar to the discussion we had with electronic voting last year, any digital ID must obtain parity with existing physical ID. This means it must be universally accepted…

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…

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…

More than elections: online voting could be the basis for a brand new identity platform

Jay Evensen recently penned an editorial exploring the possibility of online voting in Utah. Apparently Curt Bramble’s bill to push for a first-in-the-nation presidential primary has a little-publicized provision that such a primary would be held electronically. Lt. Governor Spencer Cox, the top elections official in the state, picked up on this and asked for some feedback on Twitter. What do u think? MT @DNewsOpinion: Will Internet voting ever be reality? @JayEvensen #utpol | http://t.co/OuxgawMBeL pic.twitter.com/i8UTjrWub6 — Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) April 3, 2014 Online voting would be a pretty amazing…