I came up with the idea of voting on the Internet all by myself. I really did. It was about 1994, and some new fangled browsers supported things called “forms” where they could accept input data from the end user and do something with with.
I also came up with the idea that internet voting is bad, all my myself. That was in 1994, about 20 minutes after I came up with the idea for internet voting.
But after all these years, “smart” people are still coming up with the idea, over and over again. The latest debacle is here. Voting by email? That’s worse than web voting! When will people realize that the internet is not secure? Sure, you can encrypt, you can obfuscate, you can encode, but at the end of the day, data is travelling over a long distance, and in a situation like voting, where the Bad Guys know where, when, and what type of data it is, it’s just crying out for a lawsuit. And in that lawsuit, no intelligent technologist is going to day “there’s absolutely no way it could have been tampered with”.
Someone needs a smackdown.