Re: Concerns about the election process
- From: Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org>
- To: Ryan Lortie <desrt desrt ca>
- Cc: elections gnome org
- Subject: Re: Concerns about the election process
- Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 01:32:50 -0500
[dropping foundation-list since it's getting technical]
On Mon, 2006-11-27 at 01:19 -0500, Ryan Lortie wrote:
On Sun, 2006-26-11 at 20:18 -0600, Gabriel Burt wrote:
On 11/26/06, Behdad Esfahbod <behdad behdad org> wrote:
What he's saying is that, suppose you voted for me, Quim, Federico,
Dave, Bastien, Luis, and Jeff, and were given the anonymous token
0bhnyOzwLJ05jYV2phjusfe0jBYO3HZf. How do you make sure that no one else
who voted for the same seven candidates received the same anonymous
I misunderstood. This could be solved by printing the token and the
date/time that the vote was received, couldn't it?
This solution would reduce the degree of the problem, but you still have
the (less likely) problem of people voting for the same candidate around
the same date/time. It's really much easier to simply allow the user to
provide their own token.
That has the downside that if two people decide to choose the same
token, that can degrade the *look* of the resulting list as a token is
associated with two votes, or for example if I decide to use your name
as my token... Stronger would be to generate the token (sha1 for
example) from the name of the voter, people he voted for (in a specific
order), and a random token.
"Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little
Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."
-- Benjamin Franklin, 1759
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