'Tech giant Microsoft is taking a step into the world of election security, offering a new open-source software called “ElectionGuard,” which it claims is an “end-to-end” voting verification system to “modernize” elections.
AP News reports that Microsoft is entering the world of election security with the introduction of new open-source software called “ElectionGuard.” The name of the new software seems quite close to Microsoft’s partner NewsGuard, the browser extension bundled with the Microsoft Edge mobile browser that purports to be the arbiter of reliability in media. In practice, NewsGuard has repeatedly verified hoax Russian election tampering stories as true while blacklisting multiple conservative news websites as “fake news.”
Now, Microsoft is offering to step in to make voting more secure and transparent, according to the company. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in an announcement on Monday at a Seattle developer’s conference that the software would help to “modernize all of the election infrastructure everywhere in the world.”
Currently, the market for election equipment in the U.S. is controlled by three little-known companies: Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Nebraska; Dominion Voting Systems of Denver and Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas. These companies have been criticized for their lack of transparency and security issues in the past. So far, ES&S and Hart InterCivic have expressed interest in working Microsoft and its ElectionGuard software.
Microsoft plans to provide the ElectionGuard development kit to interested parties for free as part of the company’s Defending Democracy Program. Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite will also be offered to political parties and campaigns at a 75 percent discount as part of this initiative.'
Read more: Microsoft Introduces ‘ElectionGuard’ Software to ‘Modernize’ Voting
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