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Date: Thu, 16 May 2019 20:42:21 PDT


With their playbook for pushing government boundaries as a guide, some
Silicon Valley investors are nudging election officials toward an innovation that prominent coders and cryptographers warn is downright dangerous for democracy.

Voting by phone could be coming soon to an election near you.

As seasoned disruptors of the status quo, tech pioneers have proven persuasive in selling the idea, even as the National Academies of Science,
Engineering and Medicine specifically warn against any such experiment.

The fight over mobile voting pits technologists who warn about the risks of entrusting voting to apps and cellphones against others who see Internet voting as the only hope for getting most Americans to consistently participate on election day.

"There are so many things that could go wrong," said Marian Schneider, president of Verified Voting, a coalition of computer scientists and government transparency advocates pushing for more-secure elections. "It is an odd time for this to be gaining momentum."

[PGN-truncated for RISKS. Lots more on Bradley Tusk, who is spearheading
vote-by-phone, and Voatz, with responses from Josh Benaloh, who responds
that this is just `Magic beans', also relating to using blockchains:
Blockchains "don't solve any of the problems," Benaloh said. "They
actually introduce new ones, and make things worse." Worth reading in
its entirety if you believe this is a good idea! PGN-ed]

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