I’ve written a couple of previous posts about electronic voting machines that you can find here and here. Yesterday Professor Ed Felten of Princeton University along with two of his grad students released a new study that they did on these Diebold Machines. They found that under realistic voting conditions it would be very easy for a malicious hacker to manipulate the machines and modify the vote counts in under a minute. The site has a video demonstrating how these machines can be manipulated to affect election results tha you can see here. There is also a PDF file of there report available. I urge you to at least watch the video and then call your elected federal representatives and demand that these machines and any others that do not use open source software and provde a paper ballot be immediately banned from use in all elections. Our democracy depends on it.
In about a week I’m going to be starting a new part-time gig. I’m going to be doing some writing for car blog that focuses on issues concerning cars, the auto industry and the environment. I know I’ll have lots of stuff to write about, since there are no shortage of issues with global warming and rising fuel prices. If there are any topics that you would like to see me write about, please leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.