1. “Voters’ fears about their votes becoming public could undermine democratic processes”, said the Government. Governments tend to be helped by low turnouts and civic uncertainty / fear, so should this be taken with a pinch of salt?
2. “Trials did not boost turnout” – this is more interesting. Was it a an issue of bad user experience? Or something more?
3. “Norway’s Office of Modernisation said it was ending the experiments following discussions in the nation’s parliament about efforts to update voting systems.” — looks like they botched the system they used:
“In addition to the 74 reports on incorrect bindings, the support call center received
another 35 return code related calls.
– 11 voters reported not having received a poll card
– 5 voters who voted online reported not receiving a return code
– 4 voters received a poll card with the return codes smeared
– 1 person received two poll cards, one with the correct binding and one incorrect
– 2 callers reported having received return codes without having voted “ http://www.e-voting.cc/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/07/21-33_Stenerud-Bull_Norway.pdf#!
Technologist and entrepreneur, Ed specialises in social collaboration systems. His work has included building risk analysis services for the insurance industry, and from 2005 to 2010 he developed an SMS alert system which quickly grew into a full emergency management service for London local authorities and blue-lights.