November 12, 2009 By News Report
A new cryptographic voting system pioneered by MIT was implemented in Takoma Park, Md., earlier this month. The system, called Scantegrity II, works with optical-scan ballots and technology. The voter marks his or her ballot, and notes the code numbers revealed as the bubble is filled in. After the election, voters can log in to the city's election site, enter the serial number of the ballot and check the codes of their selections against the candidate codes to ensure their votes were tallied correctly. According to MIT, any attempts to tamper with the vote are easily detected. See more detail here as to how the system works.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.