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RE: <nettime> Democracy divided by Corporations = US Elections
douwe on Thu, 16 Oct 2003 11:27:26 +0200 (CEST)


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RE: <nettime> Democracy divided by Corporations = US Elections




It doesn't has to be this way. A while back somebody posted on Kuro5hin
a smart approach on how to this open, verifiable and honest:

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/9/4/18148/56550

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Douwe Osinga
http://douweosinga.com

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:nettime-l-request {AT} bbs.thing.net]On Behalf Of Are Flagan
> Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2003 12:47 PM
> To: nettime-l {AT} bbs.thing.net
> Subject: <nettime> Democracy divided by Corporations = US Elections
>
>
>
> Anyone interested in expressions of democracy and computers may find this
> thorough overview very interesting. The facts and figures have
> been bouncing
> around for awhile in different features, but The Independent,
> today, finally
> put many of them together on the front page online -- as the computerized
> revolution of US democracy. One of the more astonishing facts is that the
> voting systems and software solutions are protected by trade secrecy acts,
> making independent review and checking, well, a felony. And there are, in
> many cases, no paper trails or verifiable back ups. Anyone who has ever
> written a single line of logical code to run on an insecure computer would
> question the checks and balances -- and many computer scientists are doing
> just that, loudly. One line of audited code, lifted from an open FTP site
> used to distribute a patch for the deeply flawed Diebold (one of
> three major
> players) software, included an inexplicable instruction to divide
> the number
> of votes by 1. You do the math for 2004.
>
> -af
>
> + + + + +
>
> http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/story.jsp?story=452972
>
> All the President's votes?
>
> A quiet revolution is taking place in US politics. By the time it's over,
> the integrity of elections will be in the unchallenged, unscrutinised
> control of a few large - and pro-Republican - corporations. Andrew Gumbel
> wonders if democracy in America can survive.
>
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