Open source, COTS-based voting tech

GCN | Although the obstacles to online voting are legion, that hasn’t stopped technology entrepreneurs from trying to invent a better ballot. A new company, Free & Fair, is offering a suite of products to make elections more verifiable, transparent and secure.

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Galois launches election technology spinoff: Free & Fair to enable verifiable, transparent and secure elections

PRWEB | Galois today announced the launch of Free & Fair, a pioneering election technology company that offers high assurance, open source software and systems that enable truly verifiable, transparent and secure elections. Free & Fair intends to fundamentally change the way election technology is created and deployed, reducing costs for taxpayers while allowing election officials to take back control of their election systems.

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Portland tech firm Galois spins out new company to make elections more secure

PORTLAND BUSINESS JOURNAL | Portland computer science research and development firm Galois is taking aim at election security with its latest spin-off, Free & Fair. The new wholly-owned subsidiary is run by elections security researcher Joseph Kiniry, who two years ago illustrated how easy it is to hack vote-by-email systems, and is based on technology developed by Galois.

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Voting technology and security

WGCU PUBLIC RADIO | An Estero, FL man was arrested last week on three counts of unauthorized access of a computer system. David Levin is accused of hacking both the Lee County and Florida Division of Elections websites. Levin, along with Dan Sinclair, who is running against incumbent Lee County Elections Supervisor Sharon Harrington, made a video detailing how Levin accessed the website. The Florida Department of State said in a statement that the state’s voter registration system was not accessed and is secure.

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Voter ID laws may have actually increased the likelihood of voter fraud – by hackers

FAST COMPANY | States that passed voter ID laws didn’t just potentially disenfranchise voters. They made their elections more vulnerable to hackers.

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The state of election technology is… improving

TECHCRUNCH | With the U.S. knee-deep in what has been an unusual presidential primary season, to say the least, many eligible voters are highly engaged in the process, passionate about their preferred candidates. But when it comes to voting trends, a reality check is in order: Voter turnout in the U.S. during the last midterm election hit the lowest point since the 1940s.

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