[LINK] New proposal for e-voting - Turnbull

Craig Sanders cas at taz.net.au
Fri Sep 13 14:52:13 AEST 2013

On Fri, Sep 13, 2013 at 12:12:32PM +1000, Bernard Robertson-Dunn wrote:

> That way, the wishes of individual groups can a) be met and b) be
> assessed.
> If nobody turned up to polling stations, them that mechanism could be
> discontinued.
> Sometimes it is better to watch what people do rather than ask them
> what they think.

and for something as important as voting, it's better to do what's right
rather than let the ignorant masses decide that minor convenience is
more important than security.

voting is one area where protecting the public from their own ignorance
is essential.

remember: the general public think nothing of giving their private
information to strangers and companies, have no qualms about giving
their ATM card and pin to family and friends, don't understand why
'secret' is a lousy password (if they think about it at all, they think
it's clever because no-one would guess that, it's too obvious), or why
they shouldn't use the same password on multiple sites.

and, worst of all, they have no interest, motivation, or desire to learn
any of these things.

in short: they're not competent to decide and MUST be protected from the
consequences of their incompetence, so that they can't be exploited and
democracy subverted.


craig sanders <cas at taz.net.au>

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