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[liberationtech] "Extra-government voting" research project?

Sheila Parks sheilaruthparks at
Sun Sep 16 06:06:28 PDT 2012

Please, all, read, if you have not already, what many computer 
experts say about voting with electronic voting machines and see the 
hackings they have done

See chapter I in my book "Hacking  The Machines"

There are also many examples on our web site, including an old version of 
"Hacking". An updated one is in the book.



At 02:38 AM 9/16/2012, Tanja Aitamurto wrote:
>Thanks, Neema, for reaching out, and great to hear about your awesome work!
>The activity you are describing could fall under the phenomenon of 
>crowdsourcing for democracy, which is a fascinating, emerging field 
>of inquiry in political and social sciences (and a part of my 
>research agenda!), and could be realized for instance by using 
>crowdsourcing platforms, such as IdeaScale or similar ones, which 
>allow clear voting and commenting functions.
>Citizens' alternative (not always alternative though!) agenda for 
>democratic processes has been practiced e.g. in Iceland in 
>constitution reform process: 
><>, and 
>similar attempts in Egypt, Morocco, etc.
>Let me know if you want to discuss more, and hope to see you when 
>you are back on campus!
>Tanja Aitamurto
>Visiting Researcher
>Program on Liberation Technology
>Stanford University
>On Sun, Sep 16, 2012 at 9:18 AM, Neema Moraveji 
><<mailto:neema at>neema at> wrote:
>Researchers, hackers, and students:
>There is a need in many countries, to support "extra-government
>elections" with web-based technology (i.e., let citizens vote fairly
>without government influence, extortion, etc.).  I think this is a
>valuable investment of time for a Libtech/HCI/CS/ICTD research
>Imagine a site that allowed citizens to vote, could show the outside
>world and governments themselves (which often have unreliable means of
>voting/counting/etc.) how the citizens really feel about different
>candidates - in a non-biased way.
>The research issues to solve: authentication, visualization,
>accountability, and perhaps even access.  Using common computer
>components (keyboard, webcam, etc.) can such a system be delivered to
>at least approximate the real sentiment of the people? At least to the
>outside world?
>Does such a system already exist?
>I am in Iran right now connecting with young people and intellectuals.
>I can't speak for other countries but Iran will have important
>elections in 9 months.  If even a prototype of such a system exists,
>it could gain wide use here and be used by news agencies around the
>world to broadcast the difference between govt and extra-govt voting
>All the best,
>Neema Moraveji, Ph.D.
>Calming Technology Lab
>Stanford University
>@moraveji, @calmingtech
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>Studying the Open X at Stanford: crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, open 
>innovation, open data.
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Sheila Parks, Ed.D.
Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots
Watertown, MA  02472
617 744 6020
sheila at
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