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A computer scientist who exposed serious vulnerabilities in India's electronic voting machines was released on bail over the weekend after seven days in police custody. Hari Prasad – who is the technical coordinator of a group called VeTA, short for Citizens for Verifiability, Transparency and Accountability in Elections – was …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    And how did he get home?

    Had to drive 14hrs himself then? What?

    That election commission still deserves and needs to be fired and blackballed from government. Them and the prosecution that "needed more time" to, er, read the other few names listed on the published paper, behind the bit that says "authors"? Does any sensible judge need to refuse bail for that?

    1. Manas Straw

      14 hrs drive?

      He could take the bus, or even the train.

      India has aeroplanes too, just in case you hadn't noticed.

      1. Danny 14

        he might have walked too

        have you ever driven in india? It could take 14hrs to get from one side of the city to the other.

  2. JaitcH
    Thumb Up

    So much for the world's largest democracy

    Interesting how the government ,through it's prosecutors, seems to be more interested in fixing the leak than ensuring the integrity of their voting systems which is what many of the U.S. states did when the Diebold machines were found to be insecure.

    Hard to beat paper.

    In Canada voting often employs paper forms which are then scanned for tabulation. This means the original document remains intact in the event of challenges.

    It is refreshing to hear the magistrate put the Elections Commission's feet to the firs in requiring them to tell him if the machines are secure.

    1. Mad Hacker

      us too

      Quote: In Canada voting often employs paper forms which are then scanned for tabulation. This means the original document remains intact in the event of challenges.

      That's how we do it in Arizona too. No race to e-voting machines in this state.

  3. mhenriday
    Paris Hilton

    Hari Prasad is a hero -

    and if he travels to Sweden, he'd be advised to learn from the experience of others who reveal information the authorities wish to keep hidden and be careful of the honey-pot traps that await him here....


    PS : Paris, because in cases like these, who else ?...

  4. Anonymous Coward

    The glacial pace of Indian justice

    It sounds like the Magistrate has at least put the EC on the back foot, rather than just swallowing their claims at face value. However Hari Prasad might end up a decade or two older if the Indian judiciary is on its usual form.

    It took Salman Rushdie something like 15 gruelling years to finally conclude a legal spat with the Indian tax authorities over the ownership of his deceased fathers house, and it's taken over a decade (so far, although the finish line is in sight) of court action to resolve who should foot the bill for the removal of a derelict freighter a few hundred yards from Goa's most popular beaches. At one point it was odds on the MV River Princess would beat the Indian government to it by simply flaking into a pile of rust before the courts had finally made their mind up. In 1996 one of India's most internationally respected artists had several criminal charges filed against him for painting Hindu deities in the buff, although the courts were a little more sprightly on this occasion with the Supreme Court finally quashing the charges in 2004... although more were brought in 2006. The artist, in his 90s, finally gave up and went into exile.

    To these you could add; the Purulia arms drop/Peter Bleach, the St Kitts forgery affair, the Hawala scam (I had to wait till the web was invented to actually work out what 'Hawala' was), The Sugar scam, Bofors, the Babri Masjid, the Urea Scam and the Jessica Lal murder. My personal favourite involves Chandraswamy AKA "the controversial Godman" and his "henchman" K N Aggarawal AKA Mamaji, a briefcase full of money and an all star supporting cast including a former Indian Prime Minister and a few court appearances by convicted serial killer Charles Sobraj AKA "the Serpent" or "the Bikini killer" (and whose own judicial pantomime had him swapping a life (of luxury) sentence in Delhi's Tihar jail for a life sentence in Nepal via a brief turn of celebrity status in the Paris suburbs).

    The court reports in the Indian press are the best and most gripping soap opera the country has to offer - you just don't want to be the star.

    Mines the one with "The Statesman" in the pocket.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      The Juggernaut of Justice rolls faster with some "lubrication"

      Or so I have heard.

      Anon for reasons which will remain hidden.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    The decision was put to a e-vote

    which Hari Prasad won by two hundred votes to nil.

    Prosecutors complained that their votes had not been registered correctly, but were told to shut up because the voting machines never lie.

    In other news, Mr. Prasad is expected to win India's X-Factor competition, after gaining 100m votes for his rendition of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" accompanied by a child with a kazoo.

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