[E-voting] joe on right hook tonight
michael at hexmedia.com
Tue Apr 6 17:07:30 IST 2004
Margaret McGaley wrote:
>Bernard Tangney will be on again, on the phone this time
BTs argument on the radio this morning was slightly different from the
article. His main (additional) points were:
- VVAT is no more than a placebo. he made a comparison with
when the banks initially allowed people to lodge money through ATMs
they were able to type in the money amount and get a receipt even
though the money still had to be counted by a bank official.
An interesting, but obviously flawed comparison.
- this stuff is not rocket science. A 4th year student of his, did
similar. Judges the system by a simplified understanding of its
rather than the reality of the implementation
- he described how you could subvert the manual election count by
just "losing" a few ballot boxes, which he claims would be
subverting the electronic system, which would require all kinds
to conspire. He is clearly wrong on both of these premises.
- the issue is basically about trusting (or not trusting) the Govt.
trusts them. Unfortunately for him, these were his last words and
they left him looking rather naive.
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