[hcs-d] uc election result testimony

Alex Li li at hcs.harvard.edu
Tue Nov 24 02:57:27 EST 2009


How did this turn out? Looks like they are going to certify the
results. Was that with the input of HCS people? Also I noticed a
reference to "information technology specialists" in the email the UC
sent out about the townhall meeting, I wonder if that's a reference to
the HCS people, haha.

Alex

On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 5:27 PM, Jeremy Cushman <jscushman at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'll be attending either way, and I'm happy to help out with any
> presentation and/or research you guys are doing.
>
> Jeremy (the other Jeremy)
>
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Jeremy Hoon <jeremy.d.hoon at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Hello HCS,
>>
>> I was just asked by Andrea Flores, the current UC president, if a few of
>> us could stop by a UC meeting tonight to discuss the tech issues surrounding
>> the election debacle. I think we can agree that vote tampering is unlikely
>> for the following reasons:
>>
>> - Brad verified the results (unfortunately it appears that for political
>> reasons this rationale is not being accepted by certain parties).
>> - Candidates did not have access to the voting application.
>> - It would have been very difficult to hack the voting application.
>> - The final vote total was very close. It seems unlikely that an attacker
>> could have manipulated the votes with the precision necessary to achieve
>> only a slim margin of victory.
>>
>> It might make sense to discuss the voting software implementation on-list
>> beforehand. Does anyone know if/where it lives in SVN?
>>
>> Brad, I assume you are on this list (if not, could someone please forward
>> him this message). You are obviously the number one authority on this
>> subject, and your input would be invaluable.
>>
>> The meeting is tonight at 7:30 in Sever 113. Please respond on-list if you
>> plan to attend. A group of 2-3 people would be ideal.
>>
>> Jeremy
>>
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