IPR: My Digital Self

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Nimit Sawhney, CEO and Co-Founder of Voatz, shares how his company is leveraging biometrics, the blockchain and smartphone technology to enable voting from a mobile device. Since June 2016, Voatz has run more than 66 elections, including 11 targeted, well-designed governmental election pilots across five states for deployed military personnel, overseas voters and voters with disabilities.

Show Notes

If Not Now, When?  Voatz Strives To Bring The Ballot Box To The Smartphone

Nimit Sawhney, Co-Founder & Ceo of Voatz

Rock, Paper, Scissors - How We Used to Vote (2008 New Yorker Article by Jill Lepore)

The American Party
 For those who have seen Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York, Bill the Butcher, portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis, was an enforcer in the American Party, whose ruffians attacked the Kyle brothers as they attempted to cast their votes in 1859.

Some Leading Legacy Voting Equipment Companies
Clear Ballot
Hart InterCivic
Dominion Voting
Election Systems & Software
Unisyn Voting Solutions

Vulnerabilities In Legacy Voting Equipment and Systems

NPR’s Article about Mail-In Voting Referenced by Nimit

Hanging Chads and the Florida Election Recount of 2000 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_United_States_presidential_election_recount_in_Florida#Palm_Beach_County's_butterfly_ballots

A Couple of Articles Critical of Mobile Voting Platforms in General & Voatz


The February 2020 Iowa Caucuses Debacle (Involved a mobile app made by another company - Shadow Inc. - which was not used to place votes, but report precinct voter tallies)

Estonia’s i-Voting - The Country of Estonia has successfully implemented nationwide internet voting since 2005

Tivi Remote Voting (Used in Estonia and other countries)

November 3, 2020

What is IPR: My Digital Self?

The mixed blessing of the digital age has reached a turning point in what some have called the Fourth Industrial Revolution. My Digital Self, with host Matthew Foley, explores digital technology as it affects the interrelation of human rights, property rights, privacy, and money.

Will emerging blockchain technologies enable us to take back our privacy, own our identity and use non-sovereign digital currency, known as cryptocurrency, to engage in commerce? Listen to discussions with guests who explain these cutting-edge technologies, tell us how they are currently being used and pull back the curtain to our possible futures.

IPR Podcasts presents issues and analysis that matter to you from the world's thought leaders. The Institute for Policy Research [IPR] is an interdisciplinary policy research center of the Catholic University of America.