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This may interest... May. 23rd, 2002 09:33 am
http://www.press.dtlr.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2002_0217
FAITH IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Communities in Birmingham are calling for a Faith Forum to build stronger partnerships between different faiths to tackle social exclusion, according to a report launched today by Regeneration Minister Sally Keeble.

And so might...

http://www.press.dtlr.gov.uk/pns/DisplayPN.cgi?pn_id=2002_0215
MOVING FORWARD WITH E-VOTING
Research into e-voting published

From: ciphergoth
Date: May 23rd, 2002 - 01:56 am (Link)
Allowing people to vote from home is not a good idea; the primary problem is that without ballot boxes that you're required to enter alone by law, it becomes possible to put a gun to someone's head and say "vote this way!". I suspect that any electronic voting system will be much less secure than the existing system.

Schneier, as is so often the case, has enlightening commentary.

http://www.counterpane.com/crypto-gram-0012.html#1
http://www.counterpane.com/crypto-gram-0102.html#10

A good news article with quotes from several security professionals

http://www.freep.com/news/politics/vote25_20010125.htm

An issue of the "Computing Professionals for Social Responsibility" newsletter devoted to voting technology

http://www.cpsr.org/publications/newsletters/issues/2001/Winter/cranor.html

Recurring theme...

From: wechsler
Date: May 23rd, 2002 - 02:15 am (Link)
"Convenience vs security".

It comes back to the same truths; that people in general really don't give a monkey's about who rules them, what rights they have, or what the hell they're doing to the planet, just so long as they don't have to get off their backsides and do anything.

You're obviously far more "in to" voting issues than I am; it's not something that disinterests me; it's more that I'd need another lifetime to be able to pursue that as well as my transport/environmental interests. (And that's not to say "don't talk to me about it", you're welcome to, but I'm going to be short on informed response).

As I've probably mentioned before, I play the lottery on occasion. It's not in the hope that I'll be able to go and live on a yacht in the Carribean, it's so that I wouldn't rely on being stuck in an office five days a week to live, but rather would be out of the rat race and able to do more socially useful work of my choosing. I often feel that the "9-to-5" culture is the best weapon that the establishment has against people taking a social interest.

(Am I still making sense here?)