- Hacking Democracy now out on DVD
It’s a US release but you can get it through links on the film producers’ site. Some bonus material is also included, not seen it yet but I’m told it’s good!
- French e-voting activists have gathered more than 30,000 signatures against e-voting
Citoyens et informaticiens pour un vote verifier par l’electeur are having quite a bit of success in gathering opposition to e-voting in the imminent French presidential elections.
- ES&S knew of serious flaws and tried to cover them up
These flaws weren’t just serious but were the very same ones that Diebold had been publicly humiliated over. For example hard coding important passwords into the source code so that every single machine would have the same password. ES&S and Diebold Election Systems share a common corporate and technical heritage including the Urosevich brothers behind the companies which merged into each group. These flaws have emerged as part of the ongoing missing 18,000 vote saga in Florida. I try to not cover too much U.S. e-voting as it gets so much coverage elsewhere but here’s some more on this story:
1. An ES&S memo shows they were aware of a problem with the Florida touchscreens which could have led to votes not being recorded, and the memo was ‘misfiled’ when it could have helped give activists access to the machines for analysis of what happened.
2. The Florida State University team state they didn’t know of ES&S’ terms that would have led to cover up and I believe them as they did reveal some serious problems with ES&S’ code. More on who knew what, when.
3. Jo Hall has the low down on how the report published compares with ES&S’ terms highlighting the password issue – the passage Jo quotes on password implementation is just utterly devastating.