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Computer Scientist Offers Warning on Voting Security PDF  | Print |  Email
By Trevor Davis   
March 13, 2008
This article appeared in the March 13 edition University of Oregon newspaper, "The Daily Emerald."

As the United States prepares to pick its next commander-in-chief, naysayers say technology being used in the country's voting process isn't up to par. Some computer scientists are critical of voting machines, and one of them has a mission to make the University community more aware of the problem.

Barbara Simons, a former researcher at IBM's Research Center in California, will talk about electronic voting today at 7 p.m. in room 110 at the School of Law. The event is free and open to the public.

Simons said she plans on talking about voting machines and possibly Internet voting. Issues primarily revolve around security and policy related to voting machines.

"As we've been learning, they're just poorly engineered and tend to break a lot," Simons said. "They're also insecure, so it's possible to insert a virus."

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