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Why a Voting App Won't Solve Our Problems This November

XXongo writes: Although the problems with internet voting have been pointed out over and over again, with the arrival of COVID-19, the idea has again been brought up as a way to avoid the problems of in-person voting. If we can do banking by internet, why can't we do online voting? But, voting by an app is still a really stupid idea. If you want the government to belong to whichever hacking group can exploit a zero-day vulnerability first, this is it. And, as Kaleigh Rogers of FiveThirtyEight po...
Tags: Tech, Voatz, Nordic Innovation Labs, Kaleigh Rogers, COVID, Nimit Sawhney

This Week in Apps: YouTube TV cancels Apple’s rev share, more bad news for mobile voting, WhatsApp hits 2B users

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the Extra Crunch series that recaps the latest OS news, the applications they support and the money that flows through it all. The app industry is as hot as ever, with a record 204 billion downloads in 2019 and $120 billion in consumer spending in 2019, according to App Annie’s recently released “State of Mobile” annual report. People are now spending 3 hours and 40 minutes per day using apps, rivaling TV. Apps aren’t just a way to pass idle hours — they’re a b...
Tags: Apple, Google, Mobile, Apps, Microsoft, Youtube, Washington, Tech, Mit, Netflix, Iowa, Sony, App-store, App Annie, Voatz, YouTube TV

Voatz of no confidence: MIT boffins eviscerate US election app, claim fiends could exploit flaws to derail democracy

Shoddy code allegations are just FUD, software maker insists Only a week after the mobile app meltdown in Iowa's Democratic Caucus, computer scientists at MIT have revealed their analysis of the Voatz app used in West Virginia's 2018 midterm election.…
Tags: US, West Virginia, Mit, Software, Iowa, Democratic Caucus, Voatz

Researchers say Voatz voting app has big security flaws, 4 states using it for 2020 elections anyway

Researchers at MIT say the voting app Voatz, which is being used by at least 4 states in the 2020 elections, has major security flaws that could allow an attacker to intercept and alter votes, while making voters think their votes have been cast correctly, or trick the votes server into accepting connections from an attacker. on Voatz. Excerpt from Kim Zetter's reporting for VICE: An attacker would also be able to alter the user’s vote and trick the user into believing their vote was tr...
Tags: Security, Post, Politics, Elections, Voting, News, US, US news, Dhs, Mit, Hacking, 2020, Hackers, National Security, Qualys, NDA

MIT Researchers Disclose Vulnerabilities in Voatz Mobile Voting Election App

Academics from MIT's computer science laboratory have published a security audit today of Voatz, a mobile app used for online voting during the 2018 US midterm elections and scheduled to be used again in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. From a report: MIT academics claim they identified bugs that could allow hackers to "alter, stop, or expose how an individual user has voted." "We additionally find that Voatz has a number of privacy issues stemming from their use of third party services ...
Tags: US, Tech, Mit, Voatz, James Koppel

West Virginia Poised To Allow Smartphone Voting For Disabled Voters

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: West Virginia's legislature last week passed legislation allowing disabled voters to cast votes by smartphone, sending the bill to the desk of Governor Jim Justice. Justice is expected to sign the legislation, according to NBC. It's a decision that alarms many computer security experts, who say that the Internet and smartphones are too vulnerable to hackers. The legislation would require every county in the state to offer smartphone voting...
Tags: Nbc, Washington, West Virginia, Tech, Greater Seattle, Voatz, Jim Justice Justice

West Virginia Will Allow 'Blockchain Voting' In the 2020 Election

Military voters stationed overseas will be able to cast their votes for the 2020 presidential election via a mobile app that uses a private blockchain. MIT Technology Review reports: Donald Kersey, West Virginia's elections director, tells the cryto news website LongHash that he believes the app, created by a startup called Voatz, can enhance participation by overseas voters. Turnout among this group is very low, in part because the process of receiving a ballot and securely returning it on time...
Tags: West Virginia, Tech, MIT Technology Review, Kersey, Voatz, Donald Kersey

Voatz, the blockchain-based voting app, gets another vote of confidence as Denver agrees to try it

A blockchain-based mobile voting app called Voatz is getting put to the test again. The city of Denver revealed today that it has agreed to implement a mobile voting pilot in its May municipal election using the four-year-old, Boston-based startup’s technology. It will be offered exclusively to active-duty military, their eligible dependents and overseas voters using their smartphones. All were notified that they could use Voatz via a newsletter this morning, along with a link to sign up to par...
Tags: TC, Colorado, Boston, West Virginia, Tech, Denver, Tusk, U S Department of Homeland Security, Overstock, TLDR, Voatz, Bradley Tusk, Andre McGregor, National Cybersecurity Center, Tusk Philanthropies

Voatz: a tale of a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea

Let’s get the fish in the barrel out of the way. Voatz are a tech startup whose bright idea was to disrupt democracy by having people vote on their phone, and store the votes on, you guessed it, a blockchain. Does this sound like a bad idea? Welp. It turned out that they seemed awfully casual about basic principles of software security, such as not hard-coding your AWS credentials. It turned out that their blockchain was an eight-node Hyperledger install, i.e. one phenomenologically not especial...
Tags: TC, Facebook, US, Tech, Chris, Welp, Russell, CFI, Stamos, Alex Stamos, SEATAC, Voatz, Rob Russell, National Association of Secretaries of State

West Virginia To Introduce Mobile Phone Voting For Midterm Elections

West Virginians serving overseas will be the first in the country to cast federal election ballots using a smartphone app, a move designed to make voting in November's election easier for troops living abroad. But election integrity and computer security experts expressed alarm at the prospect of voting by phone, and one went so far as to call it "a horrific idea." CNN: The state's decision to pioneer mobile voting comes even as the United States grapples with Russian interference in its electio...
Tags: Boston, Russia, US, West Virginia, Tech, United States, Voatz, State Mac Warner

West Virginia raises concern over smartphone voting for troops

Maybe a year and a half after Russian interference was believed to have a key impact on the election of a U.S. president isn’t the best time to be floating new voting technologies. Not if you’re looking to avoid some major skepticism, at least. But West Virginia is going ahead with plans to allow some limited voting through a smartphone app called Voatz, nonetheless. The plan, spearheaded by West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, will utilize the Boston-based startup’s technology to al...
Tags: Boston, West Virginia, Tech, Warner, Center for Democracy and Technology, Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Voatz, State Mac Warner

West Virginia Rolls Out Mobile Voting App For Some Military Members Ahead Of May Primary

West Virginia has become the first state to allow military members deployed overseas to use a blockchain-based mobile app called Voatz to vote in a federal election.
Tags: News, West Virginia, Voatz

How Blockchain Can Revolutionise Voting

by Phillip Nunn Blockchain has already had a transformative effect on international business and finance. Among the many possibilities of blockchain, it has the potential to revolutionise voting. At present, voting is seen as something irksome and tedious. And why shouldn’t it? When everything else in our lives is done online, why should voting be the only exception? The Problem. As exciting as the idea might seem, there are a number of problems associated with this notion. We all know the da...
Tags: Startups, Voting, California, Nasdaq, New England, Thinking Aloud, Blockchain Technology, Voatz, Phillip Nunn Blockchain

App makes remote voting possible for Utah County Republicans

PROVO, Utah (AP) — The Republican party is testing out a new app that will make it possible for Utah County GOP members who can’t make it to the party’s caucus to vote remotely. The Daily Herald reports Utah County Republican Party Chairman Rob Craig says the app, called Voatz, is one way the party […]
Tags: News, Republican Party, Utah County, Provo Utah, Daily Herald, Nation & World, Voatz, Utah County Republican Party, Rob Craig

Mark Cuban, Jaguar, Zuckerberg Firm & Others Back Boston Startups

The new year has ushered in a flurry of venture funding deals in the Boston area, including investments from Jaguar Land Rover, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and a company founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Read on for details. —Boston-based edtech startup Ellevation, which makes software that helps people learn English, said it raised more than $10 million in a Series B funding round led by Reach Capital. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Omidyar Net...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Education, Boston, Trends, Tech, Vc, Software, Mark Cuban, SEC, Jaguar, Jaguar Land Rover, Mobility

Election voting and citizen engagement platform Voatz nabs over $2.2 mln seed

Boston-based Voatz, a mobile-focused election voting and citizen engagement platform, has raised over $2.2 million in seed funding. Medici Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included Urban Innovation Fund, Oakhouse Partners and members of the Walnut Ventures angels group. Source: Press Release
Tags: Boston, Trends, VC Deals, Voatz, Medici Ventures, Urban Innovation Fund Oakhouse Partners, Walnut Ventures angels

Boston Tech Watch: Starry, Boston Millennia Partners, Voatz & More

Welcome to 2018, Boston tech watchers. Here are some of the deal headlines you might have missed over the holidays: —Boston Millennia Partners pulled in $150 million for a new venture fund, according to an SEC filing. The growth equity investor has backed the likes of Parexel, WebCT, Avhana Health, and Xconomy. —Starry, a wireless broadband startup based in Boston and New York, raised $31 million from investors in a funding round that could reach $55 million, according to an SEC filing. A...
Tags: Startups, Elections, New York, Voting, Internet, Government, Boston, Trends, Tech, Cybersecurity, Vc, Broadband, Wireless, SEC, IAC, Aereo

Semyon Dukach Talks Latest Techstars Boston Class, His Last at Helm

This year’s session of the Techstars Boston startup accelerator will be the last one led by Semyon Dukach. In a blog post published Monday, Dukach unveiled the 13 companies accepted into the latest program and announced that he will be leaving Techstars Boston after this session, his fourth as managing director. Before joining Techstars, Dukach was an active angel investor, a founder and/or CEO of multiple companies, and a former leader of one of the famed MIT blackjack teams in the 1990s...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Accelerator, Hardware, Boston, Trends, Tech, Diversity, Mit, Vc, Software, TechStars, Gender Gap, Nix, Solstice, National blog main

3 Unexpected Ways Apps Are Changing Our Lives: What’s Next?

Remember the “dark days” of 2006? A decade ago, we were still busy scrolling through email on our Blackberry phones. It was hard to imagine using our phones to summon on-demand rides, virtually deposit checks, stream music for free, or even find instant turn-by-turn directions to our destinations. A decade later, Apple’s mantra “there’s an app for that” has become a way of life. Whether we’re reading, playing, shopping, learning, writing, emailing, running, traveling or sleeping, apps put the w...
Tags: Apple, Digital, Bitcoin, Healthcare, Mls, Zillow, Huffington Post, Google Wallet, Redfin, Facebook Instagram, HIPAA, OCALA, Technology Trends, Flurry Young, Voatz, Trulia Zillow