Silicon Valley investors are nudging election officials toward an innovation that prominent coders and cryptographers warn could be dangerous for democracy.
That means voting by phone could be coming soon to an election near you. https://lat.ms/2WLF0zp
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. https://lat.ms/2W57F53
Bradley Tusk, who helped Uber and Bird elbow their way onto city streets, is using the same tactics he used to advance tech startups.
He’s already persuaded West Virginia and the City of Denver to start tinkering with voting by phone. That’s just the start.
Firms like Voatz—a mobile voting app— say their system is secure because it sends votes over a blockchain, a technology that leverages a network of potentially thousands of independent computers with their own security systems, aiming to diffuse risk. https://lat.ms/2EeaR4g
But that argument is in dispute.
Cryptographers tick off a list of reasons blockchain technology used for such things as trading Bitcoin won’t work for protecting American election systems, which foreign agents already see as ripe for attack. https://lat.ms/2EecnmX
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