Last updated on: 10/31/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Matt Blaze, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“So, my role was to basically look at the Sequoia system’s source code and see if there were any security problems in it—to do a security review of the software. Now, after we finished, all the reports found particular problems that were particular to the various systems. There was an overall similarity among them, which is that all three of the reviewed systems, of the three systems that were reviewed, Diebold, Sequoia and Hart, all of the teams that looked at them just found that the software mechanisms that are intended to secure the systems can be defeated very, very easily. They just don’t work very well, at all. Because of that, the red teams that were to try to penetrate these systems and tamper with election results in a simulated environment had a relatively easy time of it. They were able to succeed at almost everything they tried.”

“Voice of the Voters: Transcript of Matt Blaze Interview,” OpEdNews.com, Aug. 8, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to electronic voting machine issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to electronic voting machine issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Professor, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania
  • Team Leader, Sequoia “Source code review team” for 2007 California Secretary of State “Top-to-Bottom” review, 2007
  • Administrator, www.crypto.com
Education:
  • PhD, Computer Science, Princeton University, 1993
  • MA, Computer Science, Princeton University, 1989
  • MS, Computer Science, Columbia University, 1988
  • BS, City University of New York (Hunter College), 1986
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is It Possible to Have a Meaningful Recount from an Electronic Voting Machine?