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November 2006

Ping: Avi Rubin

Electronic voting machines will be used more than ever during this month's mid-term elections. To Avi Rubin, a professor of computer science at Johns Hopkins University and co-author of a seminal 2004 report on security problems in e-voting machines, this is a matter of national security. His book, "Brave New Ballot," shows how little has changed in the last two years. Have electronic voting machines gotten more secure since your initial paper? It's difficult to tell because [Diebold and other manufacturers] are very secretive with their code. But if you know software, you know it isn't something that could evolve into a secure system. You can't improve an overcooked steak by cooking it more. Is it possible to build a secure e-voting machine? One of the biggest problems with electronic voting doesn't have anything to do with whether the machines are secure—it's whether they're transparent and whether they might be rigged. A system that's fully electronic does not give people who use it the confidence that there's any kind of ...

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