Voting

  • I have a strong feeling that certain headlines and assertions about the Brexit result are if not factually wrong, at least very misleading. I refer to statements that summarize charts and tables like the ones above in this way: “The U.K.’s Old Decided for the Young in the Brexit Vote” “Brexit is a middle finger from the baby boomers to young people like me” “Young screwed by older generations” “Young voters wanted Brexit the least - and will have to live with it the longest” Fact is, it was very clear, well before the vote, that opinions varied greatly across age ranges and that
  • Last week I was asked this question: “If relatively secure financial transactions can exist, relatively secure voting can exist on the internet, can it not?” My answer? No. Because…(please note that here I only have in mind online voting for actual political/administrative elections. In all other cases, e.g. to vote who should win some reality show, I care much less about the whole issue) Financial transactions are “relatively secure” only because if they go wrong someone surely notices it, often immediately, and comes asking for a refund or repetition.
  • Mashable has a piece asking How Close Are We to Internet Voting?. It’s an interesting piece, even if part of it falls straight into the “self-fulfilling prophecy” category, building on statements like: It would be naive to think that Internet voting isn’t coming “the writing on the wall seems clear: Widespread online elections will be a reality in the near future” Apart from general technical issues, here I just want to thank Mashable reader “Neil Fox” for adding in a comment to that page what may be the Best Short Argument Ever against online voting: