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2012-09-25 09:57:51 AM
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cman: How in the blue hell did Estonia beat us for the #1 position?


Maybe it has something to do with Estonia not going to countries like New Zealand and having their police arrest third-country nationals, seize their computers and ruin their lives for file sharing.
2012-09-25 10:51:18 AM
1 votes:
the Presidential community frowns on your Muslim-criticizing shenanigans.
2012-09-25 10:32:59 AM
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way south: dittybopper: FTFA:
Estonia has a highly developed online culture that includes online voting and access to electronic medical records and some of the lightest content restrictions in the world, the report found.

Yeah, I don't know if those first two I bolded are necessarily good things. I'm all for the third, though.

Ease of access to medical records is a benefit to getting fast and accurate treatment.
More doctors sharing knowledge is a good thing, especially when cooperating on dosing the same patient.

/Having your data get out to the general public would be a bad thing tho.


Data wants to be free. The more places that information ends up, the more likely it is to leak. My doctors office uses laptops connected by wireless to their main patient database. I can see that network from the parking lot of the business across the street. How secure is their network? As far as I know, they don't have a dedicated IT person on staff. How secure will their network be 2 years from now? There are benefits to a computerized patient management system, but there are also risks.

/More regular access to the democratic process can also be a good/bad thing depending on how its secured.


Do you trust what is essentially a black box? I don't, and I write software for a living. Something as important as voting should be a manual, paper process. There is little to be gained in terms of speed by making the recording of votes purely electronic, and having a physical, paper ballot that can be stored and recounted manually, in front of witnesses, if necessary.

It's much harder to cheat when you have paper ballots than it is to just insert some line of code that randomly flips enough votes to assure a victory, assuming equal access to both, or to have someone have multiple registrations vote.

I also think it's a damned good idea to require photo ID when voting, provided it's free for the asking so you don't disenfranchise the poor.


/I think the more secure the internet, the more useful it becomes.
/Flip side is that a secure internet also makes it prone to government/corporate abuse.


I don't have the answers. I just have the questions.
2012-09-25 09:52:47 AM
1 votes:

dittybopper: FTFA:
Estonia has a highly developed online culture that includes online voting and access to electronic medical records and some of the lightest content restrictions in the world, the report found.

Yeah, I don't know if those first two I bolded are necessarily good things. I'm all for the third, though.


Ease of access to medical records is a benefit to getting fast and accurate treatment.
More doctors sharing knowledge is a good thing, especially when cooperating on dosing the same patient.

/Having your data get out to the general public would be a bad thing tho.
/More regular access to the democratic process can also be a good/bad thing depending on how its secured.
/I think the more secure the internet, the more useful it becomes.
/Flip side is that a secure internet also makes it prone to government/corporate abuse.
2012-09-25 08:53:31 AM
1 votes:
More countries are restricting internet freedoms to stifle criticism flailing around desperately, trying to swim against the tide.

/Good luck trying to control every aspect of the internet forever, Pakistan.
2012-09-25 05:23:15 AM
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I have strong, strong opinions about Goodell. But not in my Geek tab.
2012-09-25 05:05:04 AM
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cman: How in the blue hell did Estonia beat us for the #1 position?


No giant media corporations to buy senators, I suppose.
 
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