The latest news on this front comes from a really interesting article written by William T. Adler and researchers James Doyle, Mac Milin Kiran, Meg Leta Jones, and Paul Ohm of Georgetown University’s Foo Law Lab. Take a look at this excerpt:
We analyzed a dataset of election websites maintained by CTCL and found that, of the 7,010 websites that we included for analysis (see methods below), only 1,747 (25%) used .gov. This low adoption rate creates an opportunity for bad actors to create fake election websites and spread disinformation. As an example, the official election website in Harris County, TX (home to nearly 5 million residents), is harrisvotes.com. A bad actor could register, say, harriselections.com and use it to spread false information about voting options, to collect private voter information, or to publish false results. In 2020, Steve Grobman of McAfee showed how easy it would be to set up a fake election website like this.
Read the full article here. Also, be sure to also check out the Democracy Chronicles Election Technology section and our articles on Technology Dissidents, the Internet and Democracy or Voting Machines.
Leave a Reply