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.