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Subject: RE: [election-services] Twitter

Thanks Sven.  That goes along with my fears.  Unless we could guarantee somehow that using EML would protect against fake results being shown on Twitter, and I don’t see how we could do that, I would suggest we should distance ourselves from  using that channel.




From: Sven Rubben [mailto:sven_rubben@be.ibm.com]
Sent: 27 April 2009 12:55
To: John Borras
Cc: eml; Paul Spencer
Subject: RE: [election-services] Twitter



I saw this post a couple of days ago about fake facts on Twitter: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/04/fake_facts_on_t.html

This is of course not completely relevant because election results are quite visible, at least in Belgium. But I know for a fact that certain results are copied, some even manually and with errors (these errors were visible for a few hours :-) ). So someone could, theoretically, inject false results. However, there are lots of sites that follow the official results (again in Belgium), so I'm not sure what someone would gain from this, or how successful they would be.

Sven Rubben

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"John Borras" <john@pensive.eu>


"Paul Spencer" <paul.spencer@boynings.co.uk>, "eml" <election-services@lists.oasis-open.org>


04/27/2009 11:42


RE: [election-services] Twitter


I’d be interested to hear of views on this as at least one local election official here in UK has used Twitter to publish results which I thought was very risky.
From: Paul Spencer [mailto:paul.spencer@boynings.co.uk]
24 April 2009 13:24
[election-services] Twitter

OK guys, I have done a very basic posting of an EML 510 to Twitter. See http://boynings.co.uk/emltwitter/. Once you have uploaded a results file (note the documentation of fields that are used – you can’t just upload any old 510), you can see the result on Twitter. The user is emlelections. You can also search by the ContestId attribute in your file preceded by the “#” character.
Have a go, and let me know how you get on.

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