Democracy undermined by Microsoft

January 31, 2004 at 5:36 pm | Posted in Politics | 1 Comment

The technology think-tank RABA Technologies has released a report (PDF) that criticizes the software used in the Diebold electronic voting machines. Here are a few of the salient points:

  1. The operating system is supplied by Microsoft.
  2. CD-ROM autorun is enabled. The CD-ROM drive tray is accessible.
  3. USB and keyboard ports are exposed.
  4. Microsoft Access is the front-end to the database.
  5. All default services are turned on, even those not related to the (specialized) operation of the machine.

This means that it would take very little to invalidate votes; I will leave it to the reader to extrapolate what could and will happen in future elections.

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  1. Hey Alex:

    It isn’t only the United States where Microsoft is undermining democracy:

    http://observer.guardian.co.uk/business/story/0,6903,1136045,00.html

    Multinationals owe no alliegiance or responsibility to any single country or political system.


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