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Electronic Voting Improvements for Military Members Living Overseas

voting / data security / blog / elections / research
I recently wrote about how basic policy improvements can improve the voting process for all Americans living overseas. In December 2016, the Overseas Voting Initiative (OVI), a collaboration between the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) and The Council of State Governments, released a set of recommendations focused on using technology to improve the voting process for Americans abroad. The product of significant research, two notable recommendations focus on:
  • Using Department of Defense Common Access Cards (CACs) for signing documents digitally;
  • Duplicating damaged or unreadable ballots;
Policies Leading To Change These recommendations reflect the new reality of elections in the United States – especially for American overseas voters. Two major policy changes have driven the need for these recommendations. First, in... more
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Electronic Identity System - Less Fraud, More Trust

featured / government / data security
In the aftermath of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach, there has been quite a bit of discussion of the need for better authentication for people accessing the Internet. Interestingly, and perhaps not coincidentally, there have also been several articles recently on e-government in Estonia. Not coincidentally because Estonia's e-government system can address some of the issues America now faces. Estonia loves to tout its digital society story. Estonia's path to being an e-government leader came in part out of necessity -the Internet proved to be the most cost-effective and efficient solutions for providing services. The Estonian system is decentralized - like the US - but new e-government solutions are built on a common platform that can be used by... more
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