The Intent of the Voter [2000]

The Intent of the Voter [2000]

In November 2000, in the wake of the uncertainty regarding the U.S. presidential vote tallies in Florida, security expert Bruce Schneier penned an essay that Scott reprinted, with Bruce's permission, for Planet IT.  In that essay, Schneier argued that one of the quintessential values of voting in this country - anonymity - would be endangered in a society where all paper balloting is replaced by electronic databases, where individual votes are aligned with known individuals for the sake of validity and accuracy.

For his counter-argument, Scott wrote that the real danger was not that databases would accurately attribute votes to people, but would inaccurately do so.

 

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