Government agencies around Australia are standing up to support the campaign to end violence against women today for White Ribbon Day.
ALL THINGS P: The federal government wants to know which open data would be most useful to business, researc
The business community is reasserting its authority to contribute to the policy debate, says Business Council of Australia's Jennifer Westacott. We ne
We recently moved our readers to a new system. You may need to reset your password here to login.
Not a member ? Join here for free.
Forgot your password?
Home Portfolio Communications & Technology Manageable risk: NSW electors flocked to iVote despite security criticism
Text size :
PEOPLEClinton Firth, Ian Brightwell
DEPARTMENTSAustralia Post, NSW Electoral Commission
TAGS Australia Post, Clinton Firth, Electronic voting, Ian Brightwell, New South Wales Electoral Commission, NSW Electoral Commission
NSW electors loved iVote so much, there’s suspicion many claimed to be travelling on election day just so they could use it. The CIO behind the system is adamant its security risks can be managed and that electronic voting has a place in Australia, as a secondary channel.
Electronic voting should be an alternate channel in all Australian elections, according to New South Wales Electoral Commission chief information officer Ian Brightwell, but paper ballots should remain the primary system for the foreseeable future.
“We’re very interested in getting engaged in the public discussion,” Brightwell said last week at the Technology in Government conference. “I’m sure as the federal election approaches there’ll be more talk about electronic voting, and we’ll happy to engage in discussion with anyone about that.”
The state elections CIO insists the well-publicised information security risks are manageable and that a system like iVote in NSW has a place as a “complimentary service” for those who can’t easily cast a ballot the traditional way. “I wouldn’t like to see it being dominant,” he said. In his view, the two channels could enhance each other’s integrity.
Receive unlimited access, get all the latest public sector news and features, plus The Juice, our daily news update sent direct to your inbox.
The Mandarin is where Australia's public sector leaders discuss their work and the issues faced within modern bureaucracy. Join today to discover the latest in public administration thinking and news from our dedicated reporters, current and former agency heads and senior executives.
Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
Read Related Content