Better Elections Through Video

September 15th, 2006 by Alex

Sorry the Friday video’s a little late this week — if you must know, it’s because I’m still in mourning over a certain loss of innocence.

Speaking of losses of innocence, this week’s video is just about guaranteed to make you lose faith in the security and sanctity of American elections. If you haven’t already heard about it, it’s a video made by researchers at Princeton who’ve documented just how easy it is to hack into the voting machines made by the infamous Diebold. What makes this SMITH-relevant, I think, is the sheer genius of the idea — not the idea of the hacking, but the idea of a perfect way to get the message out, in stark, uncompromising terms, and in a way that even someone who’s not a professor at Princeton can understand and appreciate: viral video.