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Davi Ottenheimer, MSc Biography

Faculty member at the Institute for Applied Network Security (IANS)
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

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Faculty member, Institute for Applied Network Security (IANS), 2015-present
  • Senior Director of Trust, EMC Corporation, 2013-2015
  • 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
  • Chief Security Engineer, Synchron Networks, 2002-2003
  • Director of Information Technology and Security, Grey Zone, 2001-2002
  • Senior Information Security Consultant, Predictive Systems, 2000-2001
  • Senior Systems Architect, Advanced Technology Group, Metavante, 1999-2000
  • Manager, Computer Risk Management, Arthur Andersen, 1998-1999
  • Computer Engineering Manager, Department of Radiology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 1996-1998
  • Senior Computer Consultant, College of Liberal Arts, University of Iowa, 1995-1996
  • MSc, International History, London School of Economics, 1994
  • BA, Political Science and Philosophy, Macalester College, 1993
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Quoted in:
  1. Did Electronic Voting Machines in the 2000 and 2004 Elections Give an Advantage to a Particular Political Party?