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“Internet Voting Isn’t Safe”

The e-voting saga continues. Four computer scientists say in a new report that a federally funded online absentee voting system scheduled to debut in less than two weeks “has security vulnerabilities that could jeopardize voter privacy and allow votes to be altered”. They say the risks associated with Internet voting cannot be eliminated and urge that the system be shut down. The report’s authors are computer scientists David Wagner, Avi Rubin and David Jefferson from the University of California, Berkeley; The Johns Hopkins University and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, respectively, and Barbara Simons, a computer scientist and leading technology policy consultant. They are membersContinue reading“Internet Voting Isn’t Safe”

News: Information Overload

 In the end this may be more important than anything else in the evolution of technology: information is growing very, very fast. The BBC quotes a study by the University of California, Berkeley that: every year 800MB of information is produced for every person on the planet; information stored on paper, film, magnetic and optical disks has doubled since 1999; The amount of information stored in books, journals and other documents has grown 43% in the same period; the amount of information generated has grown about 30%; in 2002 alone about five exabytes (an exabyte, unless I’m much mistaken, is a billion gigabytes) of newContinue readingNews: Information Overload

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