In software engineering textbook I’m currently reading, there’s a part in the first chapter about ethics, in that the software engineer must act with a certain sense of responsibility so that the users build trust in the software you’re using. How would you feel if, say, a programmer made it so that one out of every fifty dollars you earned got electronically routed over to that programmer’s own personal retirement account? Well here we seem to have the electronic voting machine equivalent. It’s old news, but I hadn’t heard about it until today:
Are there computer programs that can be used to secretly fix elections?
How do you know that to be the case?
Because in October of 2000, I wrote a prototype for Congressman Tom Feeney [R-FL]…
It would rig an election?
It would flip the vote, 51-49. Whoever you wanted it to go to and whichever race you wanted to win.
And would that program that you designed, be something that elections officials… could detect?
They’d never see it.