Former head of US military’s cyber command: Online voting is the future

Retired U.S. General, Keith Alexander, who was previously the head of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and head of the American military’s cyber command, has warned Canada and other countries around the world to not be deterred from embracing online voting in elections.

Speaking at a defence industry trade show in Ottawa, Alexander said there is “no going back to a manual voting system” and that countries should not let the foreign interference that may have influenced the US presidential election to deter countries from introducing online voting. He is now the CEO and President of IronNet Cybersecurity and warned that countries need to create “a defensive framework that is more comprehensive than what we have today.”

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Keith Alexander is the former head of the US National Security Agency.

On the subject of online voting systems, which the Canadian elections authority, Elections Canada, is currently exploring, Alexander said:

“You can create a system where people can authenticate and vote online. I think that’s where we’re going to go. People say there are so many issues with that. No. We should do this.”

Parts of Canada already use online voting in elections, and it is an option for elections in Australia, Estonia, and Switzerland.

Last week, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg called upon students at Harvard to take on the challenge of online voting, and it is a reform that was backed by former US President, Barack Obama.

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