ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Can hackers steal the next elections? Here's how to find out

With the upcoming elections in Bhutan, I was interested to find out how Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) work, and perhaps more importantly, how secure they are: Can hackers steal the elections? Can computer viruses alter the votes?

Bhutan's EVMs loaded on a truck
© 2008 ECB
Coincidentally, Coursera is offering an online 5-week course titled "Securing Digital Democracy" by Prof. J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan:
"In this course, you'll learn what every citizen should know about the security risks--and future potential — of electronic voting and Internet voting.".

The course is free and no technical knowledge is required - just a healthy dose of curiosity. Class starts on September 3rd! Register here.

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