Brazilians have been voting electronically for more than a decade and with local elections scheduled for 5 October, thousands of voting machines are being deployed to schools and libraries around the country…
“We introduced the digital ballot in 1996 and by the year 2000, 100% of our elections were conducted using this system,” said Antonio Esio from the Regional Electoral Office…
To make the voting machines easy to use a numeric keyboard was chosen as the main interface – something familiar to anyone who has made a phone call.
“It’s quite easy to use because voters only need to type in a number for the candidates and they can also see the picture of the person they’re voting for,” said Mr Esio.
“So this system helps illiterate voters, because they can identify their candidate by a number, and that was a great advance,” he added.
The government also set a challenge to ensure that the cost did not exceed $1000 per machine.
Brazil is introducing fingerprint ID for the machines, as well. To control the possibility of voter fraud. That would probably panic the “liberty lobby” in the United States.
Of course there’s an easy way around requirements for universal fingerprinting. Use standard law enforcement fingerprint ID software to analyze the votes. That will identify duplicates needing to be challenged.
And the cost? Well, that’s not important in the United States. Right?
We all cherish our privacy. Then we go and divulge everything about ourselves on Facebook, sprinkle our Social Security number like pixie dust across the Web and happily load up on tracking devices like GPS navigators and cellphones.
Researchers call this the privacy paradox: Normally sane people have inconsistent and contradictory impulses and opinions when it comes to safeguarding their private information.
Now some new research is beginning to document and quantify the privacy paradox…Their findings: Our privacy principles are wobbly. We are more or less likely to open up depending on who is asking, how they ask and in what context…
“The cues that we rely on through culture and evolution to tell us there is a privacy issue are not present on the Internet,” he said. Meanwhile, “the same technology magnifies the risk.”
I guess because I’m a geek who’s been online for 25 years, my understanding of cyber-privacy grew with the medium. The same sort of reasonable limits apply to the Web as to my public – and local – life.