Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
"I'd love to imagine that voting systems are built and managed in some independent and honest vaccum, but this is the land of opportunity. Besides that, treating voting systems as non-partisan would require overlooking that fact that the technology is deeply mired in very partisan affairs. Walden O'Dell, the Diebold Inc. CEO, was an avid Bush benefactor and even ran fund-raisers at his mansion asking for $10K donations to benefit the Ohio Republican Party's federal campaign fund. More to the point, these funds supported Blackwell, the Republican Secretary of State who just also happened to be in charge of selecting Diebold as the official voting machine. So after Diebold successfully lobbied Blackwell, Blackwell tried to use his sole control of $106 million in federal funds to force counties in Ohio to buy the Diebold voting systems against their wishes and without open vaildation of the new systems [...] Hope that helps clarify why there should be a great deal of uncertainty about the validity of these systems, especially with regard to their partisan origins."
"Comment," Schneier on Security Blog, June 30, 2005
Experts Election officials, people with post-graduate degrees in a computer or political science, JD's, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, electronic voting machine issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Senior Director of Trust, EMC Corporation, 2013-present
President and Founder, Flyingpenguin LLC, 2009-present
Director of Technical Consulting, K3DES, 2006-2013
Director of Compliance Solutions, ArcSight, 2008-2009
Global Manager of Communications Security, Barclays Global Investors, 2007-2008
Manager, Information Security for Connected Life, Yahoo!, 2006-2007
Director of Information Security, West Marine, 2004-2006
Director of Information Technology and Security, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), 2003-2004