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MOOC Review: Securing Digital Democracy

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English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting

English: Ballot Box showing preferential voting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Provider: University of Michigan at Coursera [course page]
Lecturer: J. Alex Halderman
Subject: Computer Science / Computer Security
Delivery: Intake-based, Asynchronous study
Completion Date: 12/03/2013

Description: With the development and availability of numerous technologies, democracy now faces numerous challenges. In this course, J. Alex Halderman teaches us the evolution of voting before discussing currently available voting technology via the Security Mind-set.

Strengths: J. Alex Halderman looks at real-world examples of voting technologies and challenges us to consider our own voting systems from the point of view of somebody that would interfere with the democratic process. The material itself was not only relevant, but interesting as well.

Weaknesses: J. Alex Halderman does “um” and “ar” a little bit, but it didn’t take away from this rather neat course.

Conclusion: I learned a heck of a lot from this course, and it placed recent discussions on digital voting with my husband into perspective. I now understand more of the issues that the Australian government might have with implementing methods other than our current paper ballot. I felt engaged, enlightened and geared towards problem-solving. I highly recommend this course for anyone looking to understand more about global democracy.

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