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DetlefK Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-28-08 07:06 AM
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Germany's highest court: Are election computers unconstitutional? (source only in german)
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Source: tagesschau

Demokratie auf Knopfdruck: Die Stimme wird per Wahlcomputer abgegeben. Nach dem Wunsch des Frankfurter Software-Spezialisten Ullrich Wiesner soll das zumindest knftig bei Wahlen nicht mehr mglich sein. Sein Anwalt, der Hamburger Professor Ulrich Karpen, nennt die Grnde."Wir sind nicht sicher, dass die Gerte nicht manipulierbar sind - wir glauben ja. Dass Eingriffe in das Wahlverfahren mglich sind und dass die Wahl nicht, wie das Grundgesetz in Artikel 38 ausdrcklich vorschreibt, frei, gleich, geheim und vor allem ffentlich ist."

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A software expert is making a case before Germany's highest court (the "federal constitutional court") against election computers: They violate Article 38 of the constitution, as elections were no longer free, equal, secret (in casting) and public (in counting).

The Chaos Computer Club (hackers turned security experts) is arguing against election computers as well, because of their vulnerability: They easily replaced the vote-counting program in an election computer with a chess-playing program.

The trial starts today.
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