Unhack the vote

Voting is the free world’s Achilles heel and/or Trojan horse. Valid voters are suppressed. Vote audits are suppressed. Voter registration systems are hacked. And the worst-case scenario of all looms before us all like a monster in a horror movie: what if voting machines themselves are hacked, the “results” are faked and democracy is quietly cancelled without the general public even noticing?

Many of the minds of the technical world have considered this problem of late, and considered various technical measures. Facebook and Google are funding and advising a bipartisan “Defending Digital Democracy” project at Harvard’s Belfer Center, with an eye to identifying and sharing threat information, and providing cybersecurity tools and playbooks to America’s vast, semi-decentralized, county-by-county electoral system.

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