Thursday, November 2, 2006

Hacking Democracy

HBO ran a documentary tonight called "Hacking Democracy" where they went over how vulnerable electronic voting is. I'm admittedly a bit surprised to see this get mainstream attention. Computer scientists have been talking about this for years, but so far it hasn't gotten anyone's attention.

The best part was when they demonstrated a mock election where they showed eight people cast their votes. Before casting the votes the machine printed a record saying there were zero votes cast. Then 6 people voted no and 2 voted yes. When they then told the machine to tabulate the results, the machine printed out that there had been 1 no vote and 7 yes votes.

In other news, Bruce Schneier reports on the calls for arrest of a man who put up a website that lets you print out boarding passes for Northwest Airlines. Ever hear the expression, "don't shoot the messenger"?,72045-0.html?tw=wn_index_4

The whole thing just makes me angry.