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[liberationtech] [hci-gates3] "Extra-government voting" research project?

Marcin de Kaminski marcin at
Mon Sep 17 13:55:38 PDT 2012

I'm not really down with this kind of technologies, but is the
FB/Twitter auth for _real_ local elections a serious suggestion? I'm not
really sure how that kind of identificatorial process would secure
anything, neither identification in itself nor integrity of the user.


Leslie Wu skrev 2012-09-16 19:43:
> Hi Neema,
> Sounds interesting! I'm volunteering some of my time to help my friend
> Lori get "ipolitic" off the ground, a SF-based startup currently focused
> on the US and local/ballot elections but it already has a decent
> codebase and could be cloned for international use. Authentication
> sounds tricky, but it supports FB/Twitter auth which is at least one
> step towards legitimate identities.
> Access is also a challenge but I'm helping Lori to develop the mobile
> version of ipolitic so a mobile web version may or may not lower (?) the
> barrier of entry. cc'ing Lori =)
> @Lori do you have a public pitch deck that you can share with the
> liberationtech at
> <mailto:liberationtech at> mailing list?
> ~Leslie Wu
> On Sat, Sep 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM, Neema Moraveji <neema at
> <mailto: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
>     project.
>     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
>     results.
>     All the best,
>     Neema Moraveji, Ph.D.
>     Director
>     Calming Technology Lab
>     Media-X
>     Stanford University
> <>,
>     <>
>     @moraveji, @calmingtech
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