Expert Comments On Audit Voting Machine Arlo

The CISA and the DHS’s main cyber division announced the launch of Arlo, a new tool to help election and government officials audit voting machines to determine they’ve been tampered with, and it has already been distributed in six states.


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Casey Ellis, CTO and Founder,  Bugcrowd
November 22, 2019
The peaceful concession of the losing candidate is an underrated and key component to the Western democratic process.
The DHS’s launch of Arlo is a great initiative to ensure trust in elections. Voter concern that elections can be tampered with is the biggest threat to democracy today. If voters don’t trust that their vote will count, they won’t go vote. It’s really that simple. The DHS is acknowledging that, while software security of machines, connected systems, and supporting websites continues to be worked on leading up to and beyond the 2020 Election, having more visible and explainable systems that "expect failure, and instruct on corrective action" is an important piece of the overall puzzle. By auditing the integrity of each voting machine, the US government is getting ahead of any disinformation campaigns that promote untrustworthy elections or suggest that voting machines have been hacked on Election Day--Arlo then swoops in to prove otherwise. It also ensures that when a candidate inevitably wins the race, they won fair and square. The peaceful concession of the losing candidate is an underrated and key component to the Western democratic process, and a strong side effect of all of this system integrity conversation is the ability for the losing candidate to blame the system that was supposedly hacked.

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