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Marketplace Tech Report for Monday, October 15, 2012
Oct 15, 2012

Marketplace Tech Report for Monday, October 15, 2012

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Some people think that the convenience of clicking Romney or Obama the same way you buy a song on iTunes could radically increase voter participation. So just what's stopping online voting? Is it simply a lack of enthusiasm or a problem of bureaucratic red tape? The real reason has a lot more to do with online security and just how easy it would be to hack such an online voting system -- or maybe rather how hard it would be to build one that was hack-proof.

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Why we still can't vote online, and why that may be a good thing

Oct 15, 2012
We can support candidates with a text, participate in polls, even register to vote online, but we still can't vote that way -- which might be good news.

Some people think that the convenience of clicking Romney or Obama the same way you buy a song on iTunes could radically increase voter participation. So just what’s stopping online voting? Is it simply a lack of enthusiasm or a problem of bureaucratic red tape? The real reason has a lot more to do with online security and just how easy it would be to hack such an online voting system — or maybe rather how hard it would be to build one that was hack-proof.

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