A crucial principle which should be applied to #onlinevoting discussions: scrutineering. At present, we can be confident that elections in voting stations with booths are fair and uncorrupted because people of all sorts, with many different interests (laypeople) are *capable* of credibly scrutineering the process. As soon as you go online, credible scrutineers drops to a tiny, specialised sliver of tech experts. Who are, therefore, easy to co-opt/corrupt/bribe/bamboozle. 1/2
@lightweight I guess you heard that thing on the radio this morning too, "ooh online elections are perfectly fine to use, other places do them all the time" ...
@yojimbo Yep. Warwick Lampp *wrote* (almost single handedly, I understand) the Electionz.com online voting system. Based on everything I've heard him and his boss say, the thought of that is horrifying.
@yojimbo the fact that RNZ didn't make his vested interest extremely clear to listeners is very troubling.
@lightweight Yes, I was just going to say the same thing. There was a very strong implication that his comments were in some way "official", or that his business was part of the real elections process. A shame that "election" isn't a protected term for business/trading names I think.
@yojimbo for the record, the only director of Electionz.com is Stephen Kilpatrick and he and his (presumably, life) partner are the only shareholders... https://app.companiesoffice.govt.nz/companies/app/ui/pages/companies/391475/shareholdings?backurl=H4sIAAAAAAAAAC2LQQqEMBAEf5OrLxiWPe3Fg7B%2BYMg0a0AnMTMR9PUbxFtXUT0U%2FsGGmLfCmvoycI3La8sCMmcVrhL8LCCoJ%2B9J2AkroqesV2A5WCNkYsVKXhvC3Z1zvxi9x%2FHhr7M3%2B9Tcyq3%2Fgil4s3kAAAA%3D
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