NDP leadership vote cyber-attacked – Is the NDP claim of “No possible way to get into their process” misguided?

Saturday, 24 March, 2012

In response to CTV reporter question re integrity of the leadership vote, NDP Brad Lavigne (Principal Secretary to the Leader of the Official Opposition) stated “No possible way to get into their process.

Really, is Brad serious? He should really read the October 2010 Washington Post article “Hacker infiltration ends D.C. online voting trial” for a change and stop the “No possible way” misguided claim at least (or delusional at worst)! Absolute declarative statement like “No possible way” is a sign of NOT understanding the complexity of security matters especially surrounding internet voting.

In Aug 2011, I wrote an in-depth article re the potential problems of internet voting if used in a Canada wide general election, “A software engineer’s critique of Elections Canada Chief Electoral Officer’s plan“. I thought it is timely to repost my article “A software engineer’s critique” again.

Currently according to the Spanish e-voting company Scytl and NDP, they are claiming the NDP leadership vote suffered a DoS attack and the integrity of the vote was not affected. As I tweeted: How did they prove there was no vote tempering? Won’t it be #NDP & #Scytl self interest to coverup their incompetence? #ndpldr

News articles,
– Globe and Mail, “Hackers attack NDP, delaying electronic leadership vote
– CTV.ca, “Attempted cyber-attack holds up NDP leadership vote
– CBC News, “NDP leadership voting delayed by outside attack


Thanks Vote Mobs – There is Hope in Canada – Vote on May 2

Thursday, 21 April, 2011

As a passionate Canadian, I am shocked and disparaged by the lack of respect for democracy and ethics by Stephen Harper. In these dark hours, the student-organized Vote Mobs across Canada shine a bright light and reminds me there is still hope in Canadian democracy.

Please VOTE on May 2nd, 2011.

Waterloo Vote Mob

UBC Vote Mob!

Brock University Vote Mob

Carleton University Vote Mob… with a Twist!

McMaster University Vote Mob: Reach For the Stars

University of Victoria Vote Mob – RESPECT

University of Guelph Vote Mob –Dog Days are Over

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VOTE Mob: Rick Mercer on CTV’s Question Period talking about young people involvement in election

Monday, 18 April, 2011

Highly recommend you watch this short video clip, “CTV’s Question Period: Rick Mercer on involvement”

The veteran political comedian says it is refreshing young people are taking action in a brand new way, and explains how the recent ‘vote mobs’ show the kids are alright and getting engaged.

Rick Mercer: Vote Mobs


Canadians support online voting: poll

Thursday, 17 December, 2009

From CBC, “Canadians support online voting: poll“. Reminds me of this Yes, Prime Minister sketch. Enjoy.

P.S. On a serious note, how can we ensure a strong minded individual (a father or a mother or a parent) cannot vote for the whole household? You see, reporting your family member to the police is not a real option unless they don’t mind putting them in jail.


Japanese voters say it’s time for change

Sunday, 30 August, 2009

From CBC News,

Preliminary results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Japan show the ruling conservative party has suffered a crushing defeat to the left-of-centre opposition.

Projections indicate the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) will soundly defeat the Liberal Democrats, who have been in power for most of the last 54 years.


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