Media coverage on touch-screen voting machines
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31 Aug 2003 06:56 PDT
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Reference: commondreams.org/views03/0306-04.htm. I am interested to know if there has been national media recognition of the problems/scandals involved with computerized voting machines. If there has been national media coverage, print or television, I would like to know what it was. By national print I mean large newspapers like the New York Times or popular main-stream magazines. I only need a cross-sample of about 10 items.
Re: Media coverage on touch-screen voting machines
Answered By: legolas-ga on 31 Aug 2003 08:59 PDT
Hi Jan35, I have compiled a list of interesting articles from large media outlets. I've included a brief synopsis of the article as well as the title and link. I hope this is satisfactory. *** "Software exposes California recall to tampering" USATODAY.com "As if elections officials in California don't have enough to worry about as they prepare for a bewildering Oct. 7 recall vote, computer scientists say shoddy balloting software could bungle the results and expose the election to fraud." http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2003-08-14-calif-vote-software_x.htm *** "Government IT Review" WashingtonPost.com "Johns Hopkins University computer security researchers, along with a colleague from Rice University, found that high-tech voting machines manufactured by North Canton, Ohio-based Diebold Election Systems can be easily tampered with." http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?pagename=article&node=&contentId=A9025-2003Jul31¬Found=true *** Ehrlich Orders Voting System Security Study Washingtonpost.com "The review comes two weeks after computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University said the voting system was so flawed that a 15-year-old hacker could tap into the software and tamper with election results." http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A25673-2003Aug6 *** "New Security Woes for E-Vote Firm" Wired.com "Following an embarrassing leak of its proprietary software over a file transfer protocol site last January, the inner workings of Diebold Election Systems have again been laid bare." http://www.wired.com/news/privacy/0,1848,59925,00.html *** "Electronic elections: What about security?" CNN.com "some experts worry that despite rigorous testing, the machines may not be as secure as their makers promise." http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/ptech/11/05/touch.screen/index.html *** "Trustworthy Voting" Ziff Davis (Yahoo) "The Diebold code was riddled with serious holes and flaws that would make it possible to rig voting machines or let someone vote an unlimited number of times without detection." http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/zd/20030804/tc_zd/45764 *** "Hack the Vote" Slate "...a report released last week by the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University says the touch-screen machines are Swiss cheesefull of holesfor hackers." http://slate.msn.com/id/2086455/ *** "Voting machine review ordered" Baltimore Sun (Yahoo) "With the analysis pending, the state's purchase of the new machines "is not a certainty," Fawell said." http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/trib/20030807/lo_spot/votingmachinereviewordered *** "Rage Against the Voting Machine" Villiage Voice ""No question: what happened in Florida during the 2000 presidential election has been a huge benefit to this industry," acknowledges Deborah Seiler of Diebold Election Systems." http://www.ocweekly.com/ink/03/15/news-wielenga.php *** "E-voting flaws risk ballot fraud" MSNBC "Some versions of electronic voting software could allow for ballot fraud on a massive scale, computer security researchers reported Thursday." http://www.msnbc.com/news/943558.asp *** "The Polls Have Closed, but Voting Problems Linger" FOXNews.com "Election Day 2002 was fraught with polling glitches, and the smoke has yet to clear in some states still struggling with the fallout." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,69344,00.html *** While not specifically from the US, this piece at Scoop is a very interesting read... "U.S. Election Integrity Flaw Discovered at Diebold" Scoop.co.nz "Walk right in, sit right down. Replace vote-counting files with your own." http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0302/S00052.htm *** If you have any questions about the answer provided, please ask for clarification prior to rating and closing this question. Thanks, Legolas-ga Search terms: computer voting machine gems vote system diebold diebold election system Also, search on AP, Reuters, and other wires. You can search different wires on: http://www.drudgereport.com Also, used http://news.google.com
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Re: Media coverage on touch-screen voting machines
From: sugah-ga on 31 Aug 2003 12:23 PDT
You are aware, I feel sure, that this whole issue is surrounding the recent security controversy generated by associate professor Avi Rubin, "co-author of a recent report claiming security flaws with Diebold Election Systems software". Per one of your links: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2003-08-14-calif-vote-software_x.htm Posted 8/14/2003 3:53 PM Updated 8/14/2003 8:24 PM Software exposes California recall to tampering "SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) As if elections officials in California don't have enough to worry about as they prepare for a bewildering Oct. 7 recall vote, computer scientists say shoddy balloting software could bungle the results and expose the election to fraud. Their worst-case scenario is the accidental deletion or malicious falsification of ballots from the 1.42 million Californians voting electronically 9.3% of the state's 15.3 million registered voters...." [On the face-value of the original question, is it coincidental that a lot is riding on California's very important recall election and that it is quite near??] "...Diebold, based in North Canton, Ohio, produced a 27-page rebuttal, accusing researchers of a "multitude of false conclusions." Dozens of elections officials have vouched for the security of Diebold systems since the July 23 report...." Please read the other side of this disputable claim: Press Release Source: Diebold, Incorporated Diebold Responds to Johns Hopkins Professor's Disclosure of Relationship With Voting Industry Competitor Tuesday August 19, 2:49 pm ET "MCKINNEY, Texas, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Diebold Election Systems is shocked and disappointed by recent admissions from the Johns Hopkins associate professor Avi Rubin, co-author of a recent report claiming security flaws with Diebold Election Systems software. Mr. Rubin revealed that, at the time he participated in the study, he held a financial interest and a position on the advisory board of VoteHere Inc., which is a Diebold competitor in electronic elections technology (http://www.jhu.edu/news_info/news/home03/aug03/votehere.html). Mr. Rubin provided further background by acknowledging that he is known in the field for his position "as a strong skeptic about whether there is any viability in [e-voting and is] known for suggesting that there are very difficult problems for any company to overcome." Diebold Election Systems has consistently questioned the conclusions drawn by the Johns Hopkins-issued report. In the study, a prior version of Diebold's touch screen software was analyzed while it was running on a device on which it was never intended to run, on an operating system for which it was not designed, and with minimal knowledge of the overall structures and processes in which the terminal software is embedded. In addition, many of the weaknesses attributed to the operating system on which the software was tested are inapplicable to the embedded operating system actually used by Diebold. As a result, many of the conclusions drawn by the researchers are inaccurate or incomplete with respect to the security of the software element of Diebold's voting system. It is now clear, by Mr. Rubin's own admission, that questions of bias must be considered. "Political leaders and experienced elections officials across the country have supported the electronic voting format as holding the greatest potential for ensuring impartial, secure and accurate elections," said Thomas W. Swidarski, president of Diebold Election Systems and senior vice president of Strategic Development and Global Marketing for Diebold. "We remain confident in the integrity and security of our voting systems, and are committed to working hand-in-hand with elections officials nationwide to deliver the most reliable products and services, all directed to protecting the democratic voting process." Diebold is open to working with states and jurisdictions on unbiased, constructive research conducted by third parties, using our current hardware and software within a simulated, real-world election environment. "We entered the election systems business knowing that our technology and 144 years of broad experience in security would help ensure the integrity of the vote and accuracy of the election process," Swidarski continued. "The close presidential election in 2000 was a clear indication that an updated, technological solution was necessary to restore confidence in our election process." Diebold Election Systems is a global leader in the deployment and electronic voting systems. During the November 2002 gubernatorial elections, more than 33,000 Diebold touch-screen systems were in use, providing accurate, secure election results for jurisdictions throughout the United States. Diebold Election Systems is a wholly owned operating subsidiary of Diebold, Incorporated, a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery systems, security and services. Diebold employs more than 13,000 associates with representation in more than 88 countries worldwide, and is headquartered in North Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold reported revenue of $1.9 billion in 2002 and is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol `DBD.' For more information on Diebold Election Systems, Inc., visit the company's Web site at www.dieboldes.com, or call 1-800-433-VOTE." http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/030819/phtu023_1.html
Re: Media coverage on touch-screen voting machines
From: legolas-ga on 02 Sep 2003 07:45 PDT
Thanks so much for the five stars - and the tip! I'm so glad the answer was exactly what you needed. Thanks! Legolas-ga
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