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The Ultimate Jailbreaker, Part 3

While the cloud appears to be the ultimate jailbreaker, it is prudent to remember that a freed device is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, the phone becomes a truer handheld computer, fully enabled to exceed native carrier and device restrictions. On the other hand, the phone becomes a miniature co...

Cities of the Future, Part 4: Open Source Avenue

As city administrators grapple with the notion of tying all their apps into one overarching network, should they be looking to open source as an alternative to apps from vendors? Enterprise-level open source apps exist, and are used both by the federal government and by large corporations. For examp...

Touch-Screen Voting: It’s Been Tried, but Can It Be Trusted?

Less than a decade ago, it seemed touch-screen had the touch. In the years after the 2000 Florida general election controversy, election officials worried about public confidence in voting and, fueled by $3 billion in federal funding for election improvements, presided over a swift transformation of...

Security Wonks Warn of DRAM Decryption Danger

A new study suggests that dynamic memory on computers stores encrypted, secure data longer than originally thought. The research project -- conducted by eight researchers from Princeton University, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Wind River Systems -- focused on retrieving encrypted data from...

Florida Report Spurs Growing Distrust of E-Voting Machines

A report commissioned by the Florida Department of State has found flaws in Diebold's e-voting software that could compromise the integrity of its optical scan and touch screen machines. Although Diebold corrected many flaws previously identified, significant vulnerabilities remain, found researcher...

Study: Hackers Could Change E-Voting Machine Results

A test of three electronic voting systems certified for use in California has uncovered serious security flaws. Researchers at the University of California conducted the tests at the behest of Secretary of State Debra Bowen under a $1.8 million contract. Their mission was to try to compromise the in...

Elections Commission Toughens E-Voting Standards

Hoping to boost confidence in electronic voting, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission has voted to create standards for the certification testing of the often-controversial e-voting machines. The commission voted Thursday to adopt the Voting Systems Testing and Certification Program, a manual fo...

E-Voting Still Stirring Controversy as Mid-Term Elections Approach

With millions of voters set to cast ballots in key mid-term elections in just over a week, a long-simmering controversy over voting machines continues to percolate. New reports suggest a major manufacturer of e-voting kiosks quietly repaired a flaw without informing election officials. The case inv...

Diebold Code Spill Hikes Electronic Voting Security Concerns

Election technology vendor Diebold suffered a leak of the original software code used to run older versions of its controversial e-voting machines late last week. The incident fueled doubts about the security of e-voting machines in general and raised concerns over voter confidence in the technology...

States Beef Up E-Voting Security After Report on Weaknesses

A report saying that a popular electronic voting machine can be tampered with to alter or erase votes has prompted states that have purchased the devices to order increased security ahead of upcoming elections. On Thursday, Black Box Voting, a nonprofit group, issued a report based on the findings o...

E-Voting Debate Continues in Aftermath of Election

Hundreds of separate instances of electronic voting problems were reported in the U.S. during yesterday's elections, enough to give critics of e-voting ammunition for their continued battle against its use, but not nearly enough to affect the outcome of the election, as some had feared. In a press c...

E-Voting To Face Major Test Tuesday

Among the many questions that might be answered by the presidential election on Tuesday is whether electronic voting can silence its critics by turning in a seamless performance or, instead, will fall prey to any of the number of concerns that have been raised. This week, a number of major e-voting ...

California Joins Suit Against E-Voting Vendor Diebold

The state of California has dropped a criminal investigation into the company that sold it electronic voting machines but instead will join an existing lawsuit charging that the company made false claims about the reliability of the machines. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said he would si...

E-Voting Expert and Critic Urges E-Vote Hacking

As U.S. elections draw near, computer science experts and e-voting critics are making dire predictions about the outcome if paperless, closed-code touch-screen machines are used by Americans casting their ballots. The criticism grew into a challenge at the Black Hat Security Conference in Las Vegas ...

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Using Tech To Fix Elections: Part Two

This week's column is about the nature of the software needed to go with the elections administration hardware laid out in last week's column. In brief, the idea was to ignore political reality long enough to imagine a system in which the voting support application runs on the local servers but capt...

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