CHECK THIS OUT.. 2 letters to the “Editor”, one from the “Times” and one from the “Record”.. both written by the same person..

By  | April 9, 2018 | 4 Comments | Filed under: THE DANGERS OF ELECTRONIC VOTING

INCLUDED BELOW ARE TWO LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.. WRITTEN BY THE SAME PERSON..

The Times posted the actual Letter..

The Record, was edited to suit/appease someone.. ( nothing new from the Record)

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Secure voting in question

Opinion 03:28 PM Waterloo Region Record

On March 27, Aleksander Essex, an expert in cybersecurity and assistant professor at the University of Western Ontario, addressed Cambridge council to address cybersecurity as well as the risks of online voting.

Mr. Essex spoke about the “hack” that occurred Feb. 11 when the City of Cambridge website fell victim to a cyberattack. He pointed out that the attack occurred just 253 days before municipal elections.

Online voting security is a major concern to many cities and municipalities across Canada. Toronto and Guelph were contemplating the use of online voting for the 2018 municipal election, but after studying the issue, they have decided not to go with online voting. The main concern they cited was cybersecurity.

I believe the City of Cambridge wants to protect our democratic process and I am certain all residents who take the time to exercise their democratic right want to be assured that this process is secure and trustworthy. After listening to the presentation by Mr. Essex, I am convinced that the only way to vote on Oct. 22, 2018 is the tried and true way — go to the polls and do not use the online system.

Rande Keffer

Cambridge

https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/8380661-secure-voting-in-question/

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Cybersecurity threats risk the democratic process in Cambridge

News Apr 02, 2018 Cambridge Times

At the Tuesday, March 27, City of Cambridge council meeting, Aleksander Essex, an expert in cybersecurity and assistant professor at Western University appeared before council to address the risks of online voting.

Since this item was not on the agenda and therefore Essex would not be able to speak on this topic, a motion had to be made, it had to be seconded, and council had to vote to allow him to speak. Some discussion was done prior to the vote and the chair, Mayor Doug Craig, then asked for a recorded vote. The recorded vote turned out 7-2 in favour of letting Essex come to the podium and speak to council on this issue. At 2:19:40 of the streamed council meeting on YouTube, the mayor states, “I can’t believe it.”

What can’t Mayor Craig believe? That members of council would actually want to hear what this expert has to say on this issue? That council members are free thinkers and voted to hear what they, as well as members of the public who were in the gallery, need to hear?

The two members that voted against Essex speaking were Mayor Craig and Ward 1 Coun. Donna Reid.

What I find significant in the voting that took place prior to Aleksander Essex coming forward is the fact that during the course of a casual conversation where we crossed paths while I was at city hall a few days prior to the council meeting, Mayor Craig stated to me that he prefers using paper ballots.

Essex did approach the podium and spoke about the ‘hack’ that occurred on Feb. 11, when the City of Cambridge website fell victim to a cyberattack. He went on to mention that in a statement issued by chief information officer George Georgiadis, which was also in local newspapers, no information was stolen from the visitors devices, but more importantly, this was still a security breach.

Now Cambridge wasn’t the only victim of the breach, and yes, there were many other cities that fell victim to the hack.

Essex made the point that the attack occurred just 253 days before municipal elections.

 

Online voting security is a major concern to many cities and municipalities across Canada.

The City of Guelph were contemplating the use of online voting for the 2018 municipal election, but after studying the issue, they have declined, citing, their main concern being cybersecurity.

 

I believe the City of Cambridge wants to protect our democratic process, and I am certain all residents who take the time to exercise their democratic right want to be assured that this process is secure and trustworthy.

After listening to the presentation by Aleksander Essex, I am convinced the only way to vote on Oct. 22 is the tried and true way. Go to the polls and do not use the online system.

 

To hear the presentation at the March 27, Cambridge city council meeting, go to YouTube.com, search “Cambridge Council March 27, 2018” and forward to the 2:14 mark.

 

Rande Keffer

 

Cambridge

https://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/8367372-cybersecurity-threats-risk-the-democratic-process-in-cambridge/

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4 Responses to CHECK THIS OUT.. 2 letters to the “Editor”, one from the “Times” and one from the “Record”.. both written by the same person..

  1. enuf@hotmail.com'
    Enough with biased reporting April 9, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Just goes to show ya that you can not trust what the papers print these days. It’s all edited to suit their needs. Whatever happened to newspapers being unbiased and fighting for the truth and presenting the truth to the people.

    If this continues, the papers is nothing but trash that blows out of the blue boxes…

  2. kefran@bell.net'
    Exasperating April 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

    I bet if you asked the Record why the difference in the two letters the excuse they would use is that they need to keep Letters to the Editor to 200 words or less…So they can chop wherever they feel necessary..does not tell the same story..so what can one do abut such matters?
    Is the paper not part of freedom of speech? Judging by this it’s not!!

  3. mjqsmith@bell.net'
    Maggie April 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Well over the years – we have noticed a preference to the Mayor in many articles! So if you can’t print the whole story – properly – don’t print it at all. Half a story does not tell the full facts. The Record should be ashamed of their reporting. If you can’t do it right – please don’t do a half-a……d job.
    This story needed to be told correctly!! People in Cambridge need to know the facts – especially with the Oct. election coming up.
    So Record – quit cutting corners & not reporting properly. The papers are having enough issues without ticking off the few readers they have now.
    R.Keffer”s letter was right – & should have been told.
    So for the full story go to the Council mtg. Mar.27th – & see for yourself!
    No minimum word excuses – just print it right or not at all!!!!

  4. lvann_11@sympatico.ca'
    Tom Vann April 10, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    The Record has issues and always will. They don’t like this city. I thought it was still okay but the Times was best.

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