Re: [OVC-discuss] FCC asking for comments about internet voting

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sun Nov 22 2009 - 01:23:38 CST

I think we all agree that trustworthy Internet voting is presently a
practical impossibility, because of the general problem of identity.
We cannot simultaneously have a system that reliably guarantees
identity over the wire and allows people to opt out and still vote,
unless we propose to maintain the polling places or conventional
absentee ballots alongside the electronic system. Short of a national
identity system based on cryptography, I don't see a solution.

Given the current level of identity theft, I am not clear that we
could create a sufficiently reliable identity system even if everybody
agreed to cooperate.

Are we interested in making a formal response?

On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 08:49, <SomeThoughts@aol.com> wrote:
> The FCC is the Federal Communications Commission.
>
> If you go to the FCC web site and download the document, read the following
>
> In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act),
> Congress directed the Commission, in its development of a National Broadband
> Plan, to include "a plan for the use of broadband infrastructure and
> services in advancing …civic participation."   While civic participation
> takes many forms, two processes provide the most direct and regular
> interaction opportunities between government and citizens: 1.  the election
> process, and 2.  public hearings and town hall meetings.  The election
> process and voting are essential to maintaining a functioning democracy and
> are also the civic processes in which the most Americans participate.
> Public hearings and town hall meetings allow citizens to provide government
> representatives direct input on specific concerns and provide government
> representatives a direct means to gauge citizen sentiment.  Accordingly, we
> seek tailored comment on how broadband can help to bring democratic
> processes-including elections, public hearings and town hall meetings-into
> the digital age, thereby encouraging and facilitating citizen opportunities
> to engage and participate in their democracy.
> http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/index.do?document=294676
>
> ......
>
> 3. Voting. Voting is the most fundamental of civic acts.  As technology
> transforms all aspects of society, could voting be transformed as well?
> a. With existing technology, is it possible to enable and ensure safe and
> secure voting online today?
> b. What can we learn from other nations that have considered or implemented
> online voting?
> c. What can we learn from pilot projects that have tested online voting?
> d. Have localities or states enabled online voting either domestically or
> for citizens abroad (such as military personnel stationed overseas)?
> e. Do government jurisdictions at any level, domestic or foreign, allow
> online voting for any citizen?  Have there been quantifiable impacts tied to
> online voting, including impacts on the number of citizens that voted?  Have
> there been qualitative impacts tied to online voting, either positive or
> negative?
> f. What are the security and privacy risks that government jurisdictions
> must consider when considering the implementation of online voting?
> g. What are the history and current state of play of online voting
> technologies?
> h. What are best practice processes concerning online voting?
> i. How would enabling online voting impact overseas military personnel,
> overseas diplomatic personnel or other Americans living overseas?
>
> ....
>
> An article and online poll about this are here ...
>
> http://government.zdnet.com/?p=6219
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