I just saw on Twitter a thread by Professor Clay Shirky that gives a good, simple explanation of what Spectre is and why it is dangerous (which I believe to be valid, in a broad sense, also for the other big computer threat of the moment, Meltdown (1)). With Prof. Shirky’s permission, I reformatted the whole thread and now publish it here, so that it is fully readable, and useful, even outside Twitter (emphasis in the text below is mine)
Whenever the results of a vote would not have substantial impacts on the people who did not, or could not vote, eligible voters are welcome to use whatever suits their fancy: e-voting, tossing dices, goat entrails… We won’t notice, so no problem. In all cases of really important voting instead, that is (at least) all political or administrative elections: here is why online/e-voting is something that you should just avoid, period.
(this page is part of the Family Guide to Digital Freedom, 2007 edition and an example of the issues presented in my Digital Citizens Basics course. Please do read its introduction to know more about the Guide, especially if you mean to comment this page. Thanks)
E-voting is coming, or has already arrived, in my Country. How can I understand if it’s implemented properly, without risks of abuse? What is the right way to e-vote?
Let’s start with the real question that almost nobody asks: is e-voting necessary in the first place? Does it really makes any sense at all?