Are Problems Fixable or Are Systems Fatally Flawed?
What Needs to be Done....Why...How?
What Might Congress Do to Better Secure 2008 Elections?
Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Dr. Matt Blaze, University of Pennsylvania
& Member of the California Research Team
that Found Significant Security Issues in Several Electronic Voting Systems
This Week's Very Special Guests on
"Voice of the Voters!"
"Power and Responsibility of Democracy"
1360 AM, Philadelphia's Renaissance Radio,
and the Internet ( http://wnjc.duxpond.com/ )
Wednesday, August 8 -- 8PM ET
or through www.voiceofthevoters.org
(archives, podcast; recent shows)
Note: To be completely prepared for tonight's show, be sure to check out
as voting machine vendors' press releases flood the media.
"The California study was, as far as I know, the most comprehensive
independent security evaluation of electronic voting technologies ever
conducted, covering products from three major vendors and investigating not
only the voting machines themselves, but also the back-end systems that
create ballots and tally votes. I believe our reports now constitute the
most detailed published information available about how these systems work
and the specific risks entailed by their use in elections."
That's a quote from Dr. Matt Blaze, who for two months led one of the source
code analysis teams in California's security review of its electronic voting
systems. Here's more from Dr. Blaze:
"We found significant, deeply-rooted security weaknesses in all three
vendors' software. Our newly-released source code analyses address many of
the supposed shortcomings of the red team studies, which have been (quite
unfairly, I think) criticized as being "unrealistic". It should now be clear
that the red teams were successful not because they somehow "cheated," but
rather because the built-in security mechanisms they were up against simply
don't work properly. Reliably protecting these systems under operational
conditions will likely be very hard.
The problems we found in the code were far more pervasive, and much more
easily exploitable, than I had ever imagined they would be. "
Dr. Blaze will share his knowledge, experience and insights in a discussion
of what was found, impact on our election system, what can and should be
done to address the serious vulnerabilities. Can the architectural and
operational as well as quality issues be addressed?.
Then, Democratic presidential candidate, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, will
explain why he believes DREs are a problem, what he thinks can be done in
Congress to protect American voters from systems that are flawed quite
possibly beyond repair and how we might better secure American elections systems in
time for 2008.
He'll also discuss other key issues facing the country in this historic
time and why he has chosen to run for the office of President of the United
States of America..
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