Electronic voting madness

The Nevada Democratic Party said Tuesday that it will not use Shadow, Inc., the maker of the app that caused reporting issues in the Iowa caucuses, to power its state caucuses later this month, despite already paying tens of thousands of dollars to the Democrat-affiliated technology company.

Nevada Democratic Party abandons problematic app used in Iowa caucuses
By Brian Fung and Donie O’Sullivan, CNN, Updated 1:17 PM ET, Tue February 4, 2020

What exactly is a “Democrat-affiliated technology company?” I am trying to figure this out from their website.

“Our mission is to build political power for the progressive movement by developing affordable and easy-to-use tools for teams and budgets of any size.”

“Lightrail is the universal adapter for political data. … Recruit volunteers and mobilize voters with our peer-to-peer email and texting platform. … Every month we’ll bill you and automatically increase your message balance depending on your subscription tier.”


This “peer-to-peer email and texting platform” is obviously not under “democratic” control as such in the sense of being free and open source software.

Software platforms that are said to be “progressive” certainly ought to be free and open source, because that is precisely what enables such platforms to “progress” or advance by community contributions even if their original creators go out of business, change their business goals, or stop selling the service or publishing the software for other reasons.

The details are still not clear from what has been openly reported.

If the “Shadow” technology is being used solely for social networking and political campaigning purposes, then our main concerns are the privacy of potential voters. If the software is being used for tallying actual votes in Republican as well as Democratic primary (or even general) elections, then we have have more serious concerns about the political motives of its authors, publishers and sellers.

The use of the British Indian Ocean Territories reserved top-level domain.io” raises further concerns about the impartiality of the elections process in the United States.

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