FILM & VIDEO


How do you know your vote counts? Executive produced by Katie Couric, I Voted? premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.


Hacking Democracy (2006)

Hacking Democracy is a 2006 documentary broadcast on HBO. Filmed over three years, it documents American citizens investigating electronic voting systems, including anomalies and irregularities that occurred during the 2000 and 2004 elections.

The film investigates the flawed integrity of electronic voting machines, particularly those made by Diebold Election Systems, exposing previously unknown backdoors in the Diebold trade secret computer software.

The film culminates in on-camera hacking of a Diebold election system in Leon County, Florida—the same computer voting system that has been used in American elections across 33 states.
 


You can watch and share the feature film STEALING AMERICA at https://vimeo.com/169243803.

Today Oscar-nominated filmmaker Dorothy Fadiman launches a new campaign: 2016 Election at Risk. She begins with a trailer focusing on the vulnerability of voting machines, unobservable final tallies and other issues related to the 2016 election.


Princeton University Hack

Researchers at Princeton University also hacked a Diebold voting machine. Here is documentation of their work.


Argonne National Lab Hack

An attack on a Diebold touchscreen voting system, created and demonstrated by the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Lab, allows votes to be changed remotely, without requiring knowledge of, or any change to, the voting software.



Michael-David BenDor demonstrates how an optical scanner can be hacked in under 5 minutes using everyday tools.


Ohio 2004: Busting the Man-in-the-Middle

Stephen Spoonamore, a lifelong Republican, successful serial entrepreneur, and top-level cybersecurity sleuth for major credit card companies and U.S. defense and security agencies, blows the whistle on the design of the hacked computer system that delivered the election to George W. Bush in Ohio 2004.


In this full, unaired interview with former ABC News producer Rebecca Abrahams, Stephen Spoonamore discusses the shortcomings of Diebold electronic voting machines, the ease with which they can be corrupted, and irregularities in the 2004 presidential election.


Murder, Spies, and Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story (2008)

Murders Spies And Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story is a documentary about a computer programmer who was contracted, by a private company with ties to convicted Chinese spies, to write a program that could be used to rig elections.


Internet Voting

Barbara Simons: Why Can't We Vote Online?

Many people ask: Why can I bank online but not vote online? According to computer scientist Barbara Simons, coauthor of Broken Ballots, neither is safe. In this talk, Simons explains that no website is immune to outside attacks—not your bank, not the CIA, and certainly not an online voting system developed by a locality for an election.


Internet voting sounds like an awesome idea. But is it really safe? What dangers do modern Internet elections face? Proposed encryption protocols do work in theory, but when implemented at scale they become virtually impossible to secure. User devices and vote storage servers are vulnerable to attack, and the best attacks leave no trace.


International Examples

Security Analysis of Estonia's Internet Voting System

Estonia is the only country in the world that relies on Internet voting in a significant way for legally binding national elections—up to 30 percent of all voters cast their ballots online. This makes the security of Estonia's Internet voting system of interest to technologists and citizens around the world.


J. Alex Halderman presents a complete summary of his team's findings during a security analysis of the Estonian e-voting system, which was used for the October 2013 local elections. Visit his website for more information.
 


Security Problems in India's Electronic Voting System

J. Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan exposes security problems in India's electronic voting system. India uses paperless electronic voting machines for its state and national elections. These machines use a simple embedded system architecture that makes them considerably different from the complex electronic voting systems found in the United States.