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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:17 PM

How Amazon.com moved into the business of U.S. elections

Source: Reuters

BUSINESS NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 6:06 AM / UPDATED 5 HOURS AGO

How Amazon.com moved into the business of U.S. elections

Nandita Bose
12 MIN READ

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com Incís (AMZN.O) cloud computing arm is making an aggressive push into one of the most sensitive technology sectors: U.S. elections.

The expansion by Amazon Web Services into state and local elections has quietly gathered pace since the 2016 U.S. presidential vote. More than 40 states now use one or more of Amazonís election offerings, according to a presentation given by an Amazon executive this year and seen by Reuters.

So do Americaís two main political parties, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and the U.S. federal body charged with administering and enforcing federal campaign finance laws.

While it does not handle voting on election day, AWS - along with a broad network of partners - now runs state and county election websites, stores voter registration rolls and ballot data, facilitates overseas voting by military personnel and helps provide live election-night results, according to company documents and interviews.



In the fullest public picture yet of Amazonís strategic move into U.S. election infrastructure, Reuters reviewed previously unreported company presentations and documents, and conducted more than two dozen interviews with lawmakers, election administrators, and heads of election security and technology in nearly a dozen states and counties that use Amazonís cloud.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-elections-amazon-com-insight/how-amazon-com-moved-into-the-business-of-u-s-elections-idUSKBN1WU173

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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 12:47 PM

1. WTF?!?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 01:06 PM

2. Ahh, internet data so easy to compromise

Just ask little man Putin

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 01:37 PM

3. I have mixed feelings. Amazon is damned good at protecting their money.

I hope they will apply all their best skills to protecting our votes.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Oct 15, 2019, 02:05 PM

4. It's becoming increasingly clear that

we, as a nation, will in the foreseeable future, witness substantial changes in our electoral processes. The changes happening all around us are occurring faster than most of us can comprehend. Bills are being passed hidden by attempted obscurity, voting machine companies are dominated by one party, election results may be manipulated as we saw from Russia and others. Participants like Amazon may have the ability of masquerading the truth, and we as a people are going to have to deal with whatever is left. In all honesty, this will more than likely be perpetrated by both parties. Big changes are happening while we hide in our shells of wishful security that all will end well, when in fact, we may not even see it coming, and itís coming fast.

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