Tablets computers threaten participation (and real work?)

Jonathan Angel recently explained very well, in a piece about the IBM PC’s birthday’, something I realized the first time I saw a tablet computer, that is the main reason why I will not limit myself to any device like that, and suggest nobody does. Here’s that reason, expressed with two quotes from Jonathan’s piece, which I do suggest you read in its entirety: Continue reading Tablets computers threaten participation (and real work?)

Two pleas against electronic voting

Two of the three urgent pleas from Sheila Parks of the Center for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots in Down the Rabbit Hole With Democracy are against e-voting:

SECOND URGENT PLEA: Please pay attention to those of us who educate, write, investigate, litigate, legislate and talk about the rigging of our elections by all electronic voting machines. The putsch with electronic voting machines is a more devious way of murdering us.

THIRD URGENT PLEA: We need secure hand-counted paper ballots (HCPB) elections now. That each of our votes is counted as cast is the bedrock of democracy.

The pleas are motivated with plenty of examples. I have made similar arguments in my Family Guide to Digital Freedom, in the chapter titled: Is E-Voting a solution? To which problem?

What do you think?