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Why online voting creates more problems than it solves

There’s a new law in politics: whenever there’s been an election with a disappointing turnout (so, pretty much any time there’s an election in the UK) someone will pipe up with ‘we should vote on the internet, that’ll boost turnout’. Someone (occasionally me)…

Worth Reading 181: Poisoning Ptolemy

With the dissertation over, I can get back to blogging some more. So here, have some links: Not such a good idea: Why you should think twice about online voting – a good article setting out the flaws with online voting. I work…

Worth Reading 162: A season of baseball

Philip K. Dick was right: we are becoming androids – “The deep problem, for Dick, wasn’t that mechanisms might become more manlike. It’s that men might be reduced to mechanisms.” Why I Just Cancelled My Direct Debit To The Electoral Reform Society –…

Digital democracy debate: MPs demand hoverboards for all by 2020

They had the Digital Democracy debate in Parliament this morning. This link should take you to a transcript for the rest of today, but I’ll need to go to Hansard in the morning to get a permanent link to it. (UPDATE: Here it…

A ‘digital democracy’ can’t ignore security

This morning, there’ll be a Parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall on the report of the Speaker’s Commission on Digital Democracy. Overall, it’s a good report which you can see here. It proposes some interesting and useful new ideas for opening up Parliament and…

Video: Mitchell and Webb explain online voting security

After writing about that WebRoots report the other day, I had the feeling I’d seen that attitude to security somewhere before. Then I remembered where… “Well, you’ve got a sign that says it’s secure, so it must be safe.”

You can’t make online voting secure just by wishing it so

Like many who were raised on the optimistic visions pre-cyberpunk SF gave us, this isn’t the future I expected us to have. By now, we should all be travelling everywhere by jetpack or hoverboard, except for our holidays where we’d have to go…

Online voting won’t work, but that won’t stop them from introducing it anyway

As part of the ongoing attempt to sell off every part of the British state that isn’t nailed down (while issuing a tender to recruit a specialist nail removal company), it looks like attention is turning to elections and voting because those are…

Worth Reading 136: Amateur broadcasting starts here

Have England’s universities been privatised by stealth? – How fees have radically changed higher education. Some Thoughts On Online Voting – Why introducing it would bring in a whole load of new security concerns. Iran: The Ayatollah succession question – A report from…