Iowa vote tally app debacle should inform security, tech in future elections
The quick delivery of the IowaReporterApp – developed by Shadow Inc., a company created by Democratic operatives who worked on the Clinton campaign – and its application to a complex caucus process made more complicated by expanding reporting to include three sets of results – almost certainly ensured chaos, inaccuracies and questions about cybersecurity.
“There are basic needs that must be met in a democratic election process,” said John Dickson, principal and application security expert at Denim Group, “and those that are most important, accurate tabulation and timeliness, were not met.”
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