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Online Voting Still Security Pipedream

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The viewpoint in the September 2019 issue "Online Voting: We Can Do It! (We Have To)," while interesting, was flawed and failed to justify the claims made.

First and foremost, adoption targets are sensible only for mature, reliable technologies that solve clear public problems and where the harms, such as they are, can be mitigated. This is not true for online voting. As Hilarie Orman concedes, we don't know how to build secure online voting systems. And as the critical iOS flaw and state-level attacks recently discovered by Google illustrate, critical security holes can linger unknown for years even on well-tested platforms.


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