Tuesday, 6 November 2012

E-voting, open source government and visualising victory

So, today's the day. Most of the US are not up yet, but when they arise, many - we hope - will go and nail their flag to a mast and choose a leader. I'm scared to say which one I'm hoping for in case it has an adverse effect and pushes people the other way. Ah, who are you kidding? No-one reads this. Vote Obama. Do it twice if you can.

But, of course you can't/shouldn't be able to vote twice. Especially not with e-voting, or rather that's the theory. Stuffing digital ballet boxes should - technically -  be trickier, although a single point of failure would be devastating. Only "approximately 25 percent of all Americans will use paperless and electronic voting machines to cast their ballots on November 6." Why is this? arstechnica looks at four models of e-voting, in Brazil, Australia, Estonia and Spain and why they haven't perhaps quite taken off in the States.

The open source model sounds attractive. Because if it's good enough for the military, it's good enough for me, right?

On this glorious democratic day, it may be a puff piece for Red Hat, but it's interesting nonetheless. Does open source hold the keys to innovation in government?

My own contribution to election fever can be found over at the ICFJ liveblog, a project I helped to happen in some small way, using software I helped to define and alpha test.

Finally, my favourite visualisation? There are a lot, but this one in the NYT is pretty special.

May the best president win.

Edit: Nov 06, 20:7 CET. My e-voting quip above seems a little prescient, given this video and the news the machine was taken offline.

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