Internet not ready for democracy

The Internet’s not ready for full participation in democracy, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

NIST found that the prospect of allowing people to vote in elections online is too risky, according to Belinda Collins, senior advisor for voting standards within NIST's information technology laboratory, quoted in an article at FierceGovernmentIT.

Malware on users’ computers could compromise the security or integrity of ballots, and there is no infrastructure in place to authenticate the identity of Internet users, she said in a statement prepared for the advocacy group Common Cause.

NIST’s report “Security Considerations for Remote Electronic UOCAVA Voting,” published in February 2011, details NIST’s findings on the subject. (UOCAVA stands for Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.)

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

Featured

  • Contracting
    8 prototypes of the border walls as tweeted by CBP San Diego

    DHS contractors face protests – on the streets

    Tech companies are facing protests internally from workers and externally from activists about doing for government amid controversial policies like "zero tolerance" for illegal immigration.

  • Workforce
    By Mark Van Scyoc Royalty-free stock photo ID: 285175268

    At OPM, Weichert pushes direct hire, pay agent changes

    Margaret Weichert, now acting director of the Office of Personnel Management, is clearing agencies to make direct hires in IT, cyber and other tech fields and is changing pay for specialized occupations.

  • Cloud
    Shutterstock ID ID: 222190471 By wk1003mike

    IBM protests JEDI cloud deal

    As the deadline to submit bids on the Pentagon's $10 billion, 10-year warfighter cloud deal draws near, IBM announced a legal protest.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.