Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Shawn suddenly in favor of Internet Voting

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--The Defense Department has suspended plans to allow Americans overseas to vote over the Internet in the November election, a Pentagon spokeswoman confirmed Friday.

The Defense Department's decision comes two weeks after several computer- security experts said the Internet-voting system wasn't secure, and should be abandoned.

The system, which would have allowed up to 100,000 military personnel and other Americans to cast electronic ballots, was being installed by Accenture Ltd. (ACN), the Bermuda-based consulting firm.

And later:

Accenture said in a written statement it would continue working on the project. The Defense Department's decision allows Accenture to study Internet voting "in ways that would not have been possible if the votes were being cast in an actual election," Meg McLaughlin, president of Accenture eDemocracy Services, said in a written statement. [More]
Damn. Well, I guess that explains the downtick of ACN stock "value".
eDemocracy? Brought to you by Indenture (the company formerly known as Big Time Consulting)? Man, the thought of my votes being tallied by a bunch of fresh-faced college grads is a little scary. Especially since they're mostly Young Republicans.


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