February 15, 2020

Is technology consistent with electoral integrity? The hard lessons of Iowa

By Rainey Center

Published February 15, 2020 in Salon

Sarah Hunt and Bishop Garrison examined the chaos surrounding the 2020 Iowa caucus, highlighting the importance of protecting the security and integrity of our electoral system. 

While technology has the power to bolster the ease and efficiency with which Americans participate in their democratic system, it must only be deployed after thorough testing to ensure functionality and security against cyber-attacks and hacking. In Iowa's case, the Shadow Inc. application was neither functional nor secure. These events are a cautionary tale about the risks of applying nascent technology to the processes that decide our nation's future. 

Going forward, we must explore opportunities to increase access while protecting election integrity.

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