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DARPA to Develop $10 Million Open Source Voting System
The US election might be different in 2020 thanks to a project by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), the US Department of Defense research division, aiming at bullet-proofing voting machines by moving away from proprietary software that can’t be properly evaluated for bugs, writes Motherboard. $10 million is invested in creating an unhackable, fully open source voting system with a touch screen that will allow voters to ensure their votes are accurately recorded. In partnership with Galois, a company from Oregon that has long been developing projects for the US government, DARPA is developing an open source voting system by “making hardware part of the solution to security,” explained Linton Salmon, program manager in DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office. “Our goal is to make this so that the hardware is blocked against all of these various types of attack from the external world. If this is successful, and if the software put on top is equally successful, then it means people can’t hack in and … alter votes. It would also mean that the person who votes would get some verification that they did vote and all of that would be done in a manner that hackers couldn’t change,” Salmon said.
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