Could L.A. County’s New Voting System Solve Election Security?

Paper ballots, a paper trail and no internet connectivity on ballot readers. VSAP may be the answer we've been looking for. AND it's publicly owned! Its genesis was a ten-year voting systems research project conducted by the California Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its ownership is public: the Los Angeles County … Continue reading Could L.A. County’s New Voting System Solve Election Security?

The Washington Post’s Endorsement Process is Not Endorsable

On June 11, voters in Fairfax County will have the chance to vote in a primary with five contested races for the Democratic nominations for the Board of Supervisors.  The Washington Post Editorial Board chose to issue endorsements in these races, but their endorsement process was insufficiently transparent and even-handed, resulting in endorsements that should … Continue reading The Washington Post’s Endorsement Process is Not Endorsable

Resistance Movements in Russia & the U.S.: Similarities and Differences

Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova explores how vulnerabilities in the American resistance movement are similar to - and different than - those in Russia's opposition movement. This piece was originally published in The Loyal Opposition In 2015, I wrote an article in which I explored the primary methods that Russian propaganda uses to try to discredit the Russian opposition, … Continue reading Resistance Movements in Russia & the U.S.: Similarities and Differences

DEF CON Hackers Take Aim at Voting Systems, and the Results Are Terrifying

Last year, in the wake of the 2016 election hacking and interference, DEF CON, one of the world’s largest hacking conventions, created The Vote Hacking Village (“Voting Village”). During its inaugural event the Voting Village successfully hacked one voting machine in 90 minutes.  In less than one day the hackers discovered and exploited vulnerabilities in … Continue reading DEF CON Hackers Take Aim at Voting Systems, and the Results Are Terrifying