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The Missing Roundtable Transcripts

The copyright consultation is days away from its conclusion and missing content from the consultation website has emerged as a problem.  The posting of submissions has been inconsistent throughout the process, but that may be a result of volume.  The delays in posting transcripts from the invitation-only roundtables, however, is […]

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September 9, 2009 11 comments News

Knopf On Peterborough Copyright Roundtable

Howard Knopf blogs on yesterday's final copyright roundtable, held in Peterborough.  There was some local media coverage, in which Canadian Heritage Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro questioned the closed door approach to the consultations.

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September 2, 2009 Comments are Disabled News

Time To Cast A Vote Against E-Voting

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version ) discusses the upcoming municipal elections in Ontario and the growing use of electronic voting machines and Internet voting. For example, several Ontario municipalities, including Markham and Peterborough, now offer Internet-based voting, enabling local residents to vote without leaving their homes. Closer examination of electronic and Internet voting reveals some significant dangers that should not be overlooked, however.

Democracy depends upon a fair, accurate, and transparent electoral process with outcomes that can be independently verified.  Conventional voting accomplishes many of these goals – private polling stations enable citizens to cast their votes anonymously, election day scrutineers offer independent oversight, and paper-based ballots provide a verifiable outcome that can be re-counted if necessary.

While technology may someday allow us to replicate these essential features online, many of them are currently absent from Internet voting, which is subject to any number of possible disruptions, including denial of service attacks that shut down the election process, hacks into the election system, or the insertion of computer viruses that tamper with election results.

Electronic voting machines are similarly prone to error.

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October 23, 2006 9 comments Columns