Every country in the world is undergoing e-government initiative, or government digital transformation, US election now in news headline. Depending on the country size and how visionary for the chief of government, some are doing it very well and serve as global reference cases or benchmarks for the rest of the world government.
Government is an extension of the country, centralized or decentralized to perform government function. World moved toward digital economy since the invention of the internet, it accelerated since the first e-commerce transaction did from the internet. In the past, it was named as information highway, digital nervous system (DNS), and all true under the explanation can be made at that time.
Of course we all know it is actually more than that, it is what makes the world move, news can distribute in real time across the globe. What happens from one country, people can know it in real time.
As per post topic, we look into recent US elections 2020. The US is being known as the world’s most advanced economy. The election result and voting system fraud claim and now nationwide protest, being a good reference case. The voting system can be used and avoided for any fraud claim. If the count vote once entry will auto change in the backend that indeed raises the integrity issue. As the news goes, it is certain the state government voting system suspect got issue. It brings the investigation and chain of suppliers and who is involved in the system supply, adoption and approval. If the voting system can be cheated, as we always know, whether using manual or digital, it brings in one of the e-government initiative concerns, are our voting system will not be affected or programming to do something else in the backend.
When we want to trust digital like physical voting, how can it be? Obviously, some form of the system testing or 3rd party being appointed to do testing, but what kind of testing is being made before it signs off and gets approval and roll out for the voting purpose? Most people do not bother for those micro details, but it is those that can be manipulated and end up making the voting issue right now in the newspaper.
From here we can ask for further more questions, the company won the project, who has a relationship with which party? not having a relationship does not mean clean either. Digital transformation of the government, it got a lot of issues to deal with, voting system just one of it.
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