Some Thoughts on Adapting New Technology

A security expert testifies that are insecure, not that this will surprise anyone who has geeky in-depth knowledge of computers. This story comes, though, not from a source sanctioned by or connected with a political party, but from a CIA security expert testifying before a Congressional committee. Note that, in his testimony, he stated that he was not speaking for the CIA.

This story led me to think about moving to new technology just because it’s there.

I have always believed that a lot of the Tech Bubble in the entrepreneurs that persons would pay a premium to do stuff (like shop for groceries*) on the internet simply because they could. It didn’t work out that way. The ideas that made persons lives easier are still here. The rest are gone.

Read the full story here.

Here’s an excerpt from the story:

    (CIA expert Steven) Stigall said that equipment connected to the Internet could be hacked, and machines that weren’t connected could be compromised wirelessly. Eleven U.S. states have banned or limited wireless capability in equipment, but Stigall said that election officials didn’t always know it when wireless cards were embedded in their machines.

    While Stigall said that he wasn’t speaking for the CIA and wouldn’t address U.S. voting systems, his presentation appeared to undercut calls by some U.S. politicians to shift to Internet balloting, at least for military personnel and other American citizens living overseas. Stigall said that most Web-based ballot systems had proved to be insecure.

And, of course, any computer can be hacked by the person sitting at the keyboard.

I do not oppose electronic voting machines, though I know some persons who do. I think those persons are trying to hold back a tide, something any boater will tell you just ain’t gonna happen.

Electronic voting is here to stay, certainly in heavily populated areas where hand counts could take hours, if not days.

We have been it them in my state for several elections (we have the big electronic voting machines that look like the old voting machines, but with buttons instead of levers, not the touch screen ones) and they seem to have worked well and been adequately secure and protected.

What I do oppose is the frame of mind that assumes that, simply because something has been computerized, it is automatically better. My attitude towards moving to new technology is make sure that the move will be an improvement, not to move to it just because it’s there.


*There are some super markets in this area that offer internet shopping. I know some persons who use it. All those persons are persons with restricted mobility, either from age or other reasons.

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