Princeton Professor vs. Voting Machine Co.

Jacob Soboroff

by Jacob Soboroff

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Via Skype, Jacob Soboroff of Why Tuesday? interviews Edward W. Felten, a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and the founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.

Felten was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and, after uncovering that Diebold voting machines could be hacked, before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting.

Recently, after noting discrepancies in the results reported by Sequoia AVC Advantage voting machines in the February 5, 2008 New Jersey primary election, Sequoia wrote to Felten to note that if he investigated the malfunction, even at the request of county clerks, it may constitute an "infringement of our intellectual properties."

In their chat, Felten discusses what his ideal voting machine would look like, whether or not he thinks Internet voting is a good idea, and the latest in the recent Sequoia saga.

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