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[liberationtech] Web cams in polling stations/helpful?
AllnuttL at rferl.org
Mon Feb 13 06:38:32 PST 2012
Thanks, Griffin, that's a good point. Obviously there are degrees here: so
for instance, a well-positioned camera showing people's backs would be
better than a camera in the actual polling both. So in that sense
well-positioned cameras _might_ have a lesser impact on privacy.
What isn't clear is how much pscyological impact the presence of cameras
would have on voters. I wonder if their presence, even if they were
discretely angled, might still have an intimidating effect....
Griffin Boyce <griffinboyce at gmail.com>
02/13/2012 01:58 PM
Luke Allnutt <AllnuttL at rferl.org>
liberationtech at mailman.stanford.edu
Re: [liberationtech] Web cams in polling stations/helpful?
It might be a question of angle, and whether voters' privacy can be
protected in that environment. Pointing it at, say, the entrance to
private voting booths would be better than having a webcam pointed in
voters' faces, in terms of minimizing vote influence.
On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 6:10 AM, Luke Allnutt <AllnuttL at rferl.org> wrote:
I'm looking into the question of whether having web cams in polling
stations is a positive for transparency and fair elections. The story is
related to Russia's plans to install web cameras in polling stations
across Russia for the March presidential election.
Obviously, Russia is a special case. Even if the web cams did provide
transparency, there are enough other factors that put the fairness of the
election into question: e.g. skewed media, workers being asked to vote en
masse etc. In my opinion, this endeavor ties into the Kremlin's use of
technology to present a facade of progress and transparency, without
giving up much in terms of real democratization.
But I'm more interested in whether, across the world, this is something
that the election monitoring community thinks is a good thing and whether
it aids transparency?
In some societies, surely, the presence of a web cam in a polling station
would be unwelcome: people might feel they are being watched by their
government/friends/employers and that would influence their voting.
If anyone has any thoughts on this matter, on list or off list, I would
love to pick your brains for the story. Any help would be much
appreciated, as ever.
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