(ICS)² Chapter NL debate about voting machines

The Dutch chapter of (ICS)² asked me to tell about how the Dutch voting process could be easily hacked for the last 26 years, because the Dutch government outsourced vote counting tasks to computers:

Afterwards we discussed if the voting process should be executed on paper completely in the future. As it seems, around 50% of the security professionals that attended the debate thinks voting machines are still a good idea:

Discussion topic: “We have to keep voting with red pencil and paper”. People on the left agree; on the right disagrees.

I think this outcome is quite shocking! All the hacking experts I know are against voting machines, so my hypothesis is that technical security experts are against, and more process oriented security professionals vote for voting machines.

We need to fix this hacking knowledge and experience gap in our community (!)

About Sijmen Ruwhof

Freelance IT Security Consultant / Ethical Hacker
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