[LINK] Fwd: vip-l: The Australian: E-Voting follow-up article
lannet at lannet.com.au
Sun Mar 26 09:07:15 EST 2006
Jan Whitaker wrote:
> At 08:41 AM 26/03/2006, rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au wrote:
>>> Certainly no more in-secure than postal-vote arrangements. Eg, the
>>> current AEC tender for postal-voting, 'Risk Management Template'
>> Sure, but postal voting is an exception. In what way does expanding
>> the postal voting risk profile to all voters support the argument for
>> electronic voting?
> It's an interesting debate: when a technology can help a particular
> subset of society, should it? Or, is it a catalyst to solve problems
> that would help everyone, similar to the universal design concept in
> making information accessible?
> I don't disagree with the dangers that have been described re e-voting,
> but are there ways to solve those problems? If the times were different
> and we trusted the government and other groups supposedly in authority,
> would we feel differently about it all? Remember when ATMS weren't
> trusted? Heck, remember when everyone hated computers? That is in my
> lifetime and things have changed a lot to reduce that fear, mostly when
> they got into people's hands instead of specialists only. Not that the
> dangers are any less, in fact they are probably more. But we don't think
> twice about using a little plastic card to get money out of a hole in
> the wall on the street today.
So, you don't think the increased risks of getting mugged or skimmed at
the ATM are not something that users fear; or the greatly increased
risks of viruses et al. are an increased risk to computer users. PPl do
hate using computers because of these risks, the only problem is that
ppl are more and more being forced to use computers and ATMs.
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