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From Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet

This page provides an overview of TV-programmes, radio-shows and newspaper articles in which the Dutch campaign "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet" has been mentioned (in English).


5 October 2006 - Flaws found in Dutch voting machines - Irish TV News (RTE Six One News)
5 October 2006 - Short 22 second news item - Irish TV News (RTE One News)

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04 November 2009 - E-voting system lets voters verify their ballots are counted - Takoma Park, Md. voters are the first in U.S. to try new technology -Jaikumar Vijayan - Computerworld
A new electronic voting system being used today for the first time in a government election in the U.S. will allow voters and elections auditors in Takoma Park, Md. to go online and verify whether votes have been correctly recorded. The voting system is called Scantegrity and was developed by independent cryptographer David Chaum, along with researchers from the University of Maryland-Baltimore, the George Washington University, MIT, the University of Ottawa and the University of Waterloo. It uses cryptographic techniques to let both voters and election auditors check whether votes have been cast and counted accurately.
20 October 2009 - A Censored Headline and why it Matters - German High Court Outlaws Electronic Voting - Michael Collins
The justices above are clearly the most rational group of high level functionaries in the industrialized world. They did what no other court would do in Europe or the United States. They effectively outlawed electronic voting.
16 Juni 2009 - Are electronic voting machines tamper-proof?
Is there a possibility of rigging electoral outcomes in a general election to the Lok Sabha? This question has arisen not only because of the unexpected number of seats won or lost by some parties in the recent contest. It is accentuated by the recent spate of articles published in reputed computer engineering journals and in the popular international press, which raise doubts about the integrity of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
23 April 2009 - Minister Gormley announces Government decision to end electronic voting and counting project
The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. John Gormley T.D., today (23 April 2009) announced that the Government has decided not to proceed with the implementation of electronic voting in Ireland.
13 October 2007 - E-voting: the story so far - Irish Independent
7,500 machines were brought by Dutch firm Nedap for €60 million. It was hoped they would be used at local and European Parliament elections in 2004. After a campaign by the Irish Citizens for Trustworthy E-Voting and opposition parties, the Government was forced to set up a commission on electronic voting to examine the system.
3 oktober 2007 - E-voting plans hit by decision in Dutch court - Irish Independent
The prospect of the State's 6,000 e-voting machines ever being used has receded even further after a Dutch judge declared their use in Holland illegal.
They are currently being stored at an army hangar in Co Meath and in rented locations around the country at an annual cost of over €700,000. However, a Dutch judge has ruled that the e-voting machines used in his country's November and March elections were not adequately authorised and that at least one type of machine was not certified. The machines were manufactured by Nedap, the same company which won the Irish e-voting contract.
2 oktober 2007 - Daily Voting News For October 1, 2007 - Scoop Daily Voting News
As reported by a Dutch outlet in their English translation; “We do not trust voting computers' demanded that every single vote would be retained on its own piece of paper in the polling station. And that is what will happen from now on. On September 27, 2007 the Korthals Altes Committee issued its 'Voting with confidence' report.
1 oktober 2007 - Dutch pull the plug on e-voting - The Register
A Dutch judge has declared the use of Nedap e-voting machines in recent Dutch elections unlawful.
The 9,000 Nedap-made machines used in the November and March elections were not adequately authorised and at least one type of Nedap machine wasn't even certified. Despite the ruling, the election results will remain valid. The ruling is yet another victory for the Dutch "we don't trust voting computers foundation", which in the past demonstrated that many Dutch e-voting machines could be easily intercepted from 20 to 30 metres away.
5 september 2007 - Dutch computer voting machine company caught editing Wikipedia entry - International Herald Tribune
A Dutch company that sells computer voting machines is the latest suspected of revising unfavorable information about itself on Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Anyone can edit Wikipedia and there is nothing illegal about changing an entry, but it's considered poor etiquette to alter information on one's own entry, to one's own advantage, or in a misleading manner. Nedap NV is one of Europe's largest makers or electronic voting machines and software, selling systems in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United States. See also The Sidney Morning Herald.
6 May 2007 - A French e-voting "catastrophe" - Global Research
Two types of machines were certified for use in France's election, both of which are of the paperless direct-recording electronic (DRE) variety now notorious (and hopefuly soon-to-be outlawed) in the States: an iVotronic model from American company ES&S, and another model from Dutch company Nedap. Problems with ES&S' line have been well-documented here and elsewhere, and apparently the Nedap units suffer from similar vulnerabilities. The machines were banned in the Netherlands after a hacker compromised one of them in a public demonstration that aired live on Dutch TV.
17 April 2007 - Dutch government vows revamp of computer voting machine policy after critical report - International Herald Tribune
The Dutch government plans a complete overhaul of how it certifies computer voting machines, an official said Tuesday, after an independent commission criticized voting authorities for oversight failures in the past.
23 March 2007 - Dutch eVoting Scandal - Schneier on Security
Blog entry mostly repeating a few lines of The Register article. Some of the comments are interesting though.
15 March 2007 - Dutch FOI disclosures reveal the odd business of evoting - The Register
Freedom of information disclosures in the Netherlands have revealed details of a bizarre dispute between Dutch electoral authorities and the supplier of the software used to administrate the elections. Letters obtained by the "We don't trust voting computers foundation", reveal some startling comments by Jan Groenendaal, the man whose company provides the software the Dutch officials use to organise elections - which polling stations will be staffed by which people, which facilities will be used and so on.
1 March 2007 - Dutch e-voting vendor blackmails govt - Blogzilla
It is quite astonishing to read various blackmail threats from Jan Groenendaal, head of the main e-voting supplier to the Dutch government.
13 February 2007 - Voting machine changes advance - Daily Progress
Voting machines that do not produce a paper trail are to be phased out in Virginia. Regretfully, a provision requiring election audits (manual recounts of the paper trail) was stripped out...
18 January 2007 - Deathblow To a Voting Machine - Slashdot
"According to their newsletter (my English translation here), the Dutch group that 'doesn't trust the voting computers' has won a round against the industry and the civil servants that seem hell-bent on reintroducing voting machines — NewVote, made by SDU — that the Dutch minister of the interior has suspended.
5 January 2007 - New fraud concerns over Dutch ballot computers - The Register
A Dutch plan to use e-voting computers by manufacturer Sdu for the coming provincial elections in March has met with fierce criticism. The Dutch Ministry of the Interior believes the Sdu computers can be used for the provincial elections, which usually don't draw huge crowds to the polling booth.
22 November 2006 - Dutch bewildered by poll options - BBC News
Dyngeman Coumou and his team were also rather excited by the cake that was delivered to them first thing, courtesy of a bunch of "computer freaks". The electronics wizards had demonstrated that the automatic voting machines due to be used were unreliable, as people with special equipment outside the building would be able to tell which votes were being registered. The system had therefore been abandoned in favour of red pencils in some polling stations and huge (about 80cm x 50cm or 31 inches x 20 inches) ballot papers. The cake was their way of apologising.
16 November 2006 - Pdf icon.png Ctrl Vote Delete - Amsterdam Weekly
'Everything can be manipulated.' While this might sound like the argument of one of the growing number of campaigners who are against the use of computers in elections, it is, in fact, the blunt statement found on the website of Nedap.
14 November 2006 - OSCE/ODIHR sends team of experts for Netherlands parliamentary elections - OSCE
The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) deployed an Election Assessment Mission to the Netherlands today for the 22 November elections to the Lower Chamber (Tweede Kamer) of Parliament. The mission, led by Julian Peel Yates (United Kingdom) will include 8 election and legal experts.
6 November 2006 - Voting machines in the US and Holland - The Hindu
... Until last week, these elections had one thing in common: both were to be conducted by means of voting machines - essentially PCs adapted to run specialised software for recording votes. So far, so modern. But on October 30 the Dutch minister of internal affairs suddenly announced that 1,200 voting machines (about 10 per cent of the total) had been found to be unsafe and must be replaced by other machines or by paper-and-pencil voting. In the US, however, plans for automated balloting remain serenely unaffected by the concerns that prompted the Dutch decision.
5 November 2006 - Venezuelan Ties to U.S. Voting Machines? What about the Others? -
... she stated that “not only are the [voting] machines error-prone, they’re also tamper-friendly and that the companies that make them are in cover-up mode.” Last week it was also reported that the Dutch government has decided to pull 10% of their machines for lack of security in advance of their presidential elections on November 22.
5 November 2006 - Just hack your way to victory, Mr President - The Guardian
On 30 October the Dutch minister of internal affairs suddenly announced that 1,200 voting machines (about 10 per cent of the total) had been found to be unsafe and must be replaced by other machines or by paper-and-pencil voting. The minister's decision was a response to some public-spirited campaigning by a group of techies who had purchased a couple of the Nedap/Groenendaal ES3B voting machines and subjected them to some tests.
2 November 2006 - Red Pencil District - Radio Netherlands
Holland is one of the oldest democracies in modern European history. We're proud of the idea that this country was a republic, when kings who came into power merely because of their birth, still ruled our neighbouring countries...
1 November 2006 - Voting machines too insecure for election - Radio Netherlands
People in major Dutch cities, including Amsterdam, will find themselves using pencil and paper to cast their votes in the elections in three weeks time. It's emerged that around ten percent of the computerised voting machines are not secure enough and have been withdrawn.
1 November 2006 - In the papers 1 November -
... The same paper reports that electronic voting machines bought by the Irish government are not in danger of being bugged, a Dutch inquiry that has led to a ban on another type of e-voting machine has found. The investigation by the Dutch intelligence service found that 1,200 terminals made by a company called Sdu could be hacked into using a simple radio receiver.
November 2006 - Pdf icon.png Flaws in electronic voting systems - The African Bulletin (NL edition)
Dutch researchers released a paper last month saying that the electronic voting systems used in the Netherlands, Germany and France can be easily manipulated
31 October 2006 - Dutch pull 10% of their voting machines, more to come? - Engadget
While the US struggles to work out the say, kinks with its own flavor of voting machines, the Dutch just decided to partially chuck some of theirs after the Dutch intelligence service (AIVD) discovered just how vulnerable they are.
31 October 2006 - Use of SDU voting computers banned during Dutch general elections - Heise Online
During the Dutch general elections of November 22 no voting computers of the one-time Government Printing Office SDU will be used. The Dutch Secret Service AIVD ("Algemene Inlichtingen- en Veiligheidsdienst") has discovered that it is fairly easy to read data stored on SDU devices from quite a distance.
31 October 2006 - Voting Machines Banned by Dutch Minister - Slashdot
"Dutch Government Renewal Minister Atzo Nicolai has banned the use of one type of computer voting machine in national elections next month. The turnabout came after a group called We Don't Trust Voting Computers protested the vulnerability of electronic voting to fraud or manipulation. The reason for this ban is the radio signals emitted by the machines which can be used to peek at a voters' choice from several dozen meters away."
31 October 2006 - Triumph for voting pencil - News from Amsterdam
Minister Atzo Nicolaï will withdraw his approval for the use of Sdu voting machines, he announced today. There is now a serious possibility that Amsterdam will return to the voting pencil in the 22 November elections. This is an important victory for the ‘We do not trust voting machines’ campaign group.
31 October 2006 - 1,200 Dutch e-voting machines vulnerable to hacking - The Register
Dutch intelligence service AIVD has ruled 1,200 e-voting computers inadequate for next month's national elections after testing showed the machines could be be easily intercepted from 20 to 30 metres away.
31 October 2006 - Dutch ban voting machines - Australia, The Australian, Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, Adelaide Now,, Sunday Times, Courier Mail
THE Dutch interior ministry banned a type of electronic voting machine for use in November general elections because they considered the machines insecure.
30 October 2006 - Dutch government scraps plans to use voting computers in 35 cities including Amsterdam - Int. Herald Tribune
Voters in Amsterdam and 34 other Dutch cities may be using paper and pencil instead of computerized voting machines in national elections next month. The government on Monday banned the use of one common type of computer voting machine, fearing that secret ballots may not be kept secret.
22 October 2006 - Scrap €52m e-voting system, says councillor - The Sunday Times - Ireland
JUST after Bertie Ahern defended electronic voting and said elections after 2007 should be done without “stupid aul pencils”, a Fianna Fail councillor has broken ranks and called for the current e-voting system to be scrapped.
19 October 2006 - Netherlands: Nedap machines have more cracks than old paint -
The "We do not trust voting computers" foundation in The Netherlands have performed a quite superb security analysis of the Nedap voting machines used there. They lucked into getting their hands on first one then two more voting machines, a major breakthrough of their own. Starting work on August 23rd, 2006 they managed to find and publish numberous flaws by October 6th, 2006. Incredible work but also testament to how poor these systems are. Blog by Jason Kitcat.
17 October 2006 - European E-Voting Machines Cracked by Dutch Group - Metamorphosis, Macedonia
The voting computers used to cast 90% of the votes in Netherlands were cracked by a Dutch Group called "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet" (We do not trust voting computers). In a live public show on 4 October 2006 on the Dutch television channel Nederland 1, the group proved how the control program of such a voting machine - called Nedap/Groenendaal ES3B - could be replaced by exchanging 2 EPROMS on the board. The entire demonstration lasted less than 5 minutes.
16 October 2006 - E-voting machines to be used in 2009 despite warnings - Irish Examiner
THE Government intends to use electronic voting machines in local and European elections in 2009, despite recent warnings that they can be manipulated to rig elections.
16 October 2006 - Wallach interview transcription -
... I mean, there was a Dutch voting machine where some Dutch hackers figured out how to compromise the machine, and they had it playing chess with them.
15 October 2006 - Dutch government orders reforms in response to hacked voting machines - Engadget
Even though the issue of electronic voting security has yet to be taken seriously in the United States (we're looking at you, Diebold), the Dutch government appears to be very concerned about the shenanigans that hackers recently pulled with one of Nedap/Groenendaal's old-school machines, and has taken several steps to ensure that the equipment is as hack-proof as possible prior to the November 22nd national elections.
13 October 2006 - E-voting computers can play chess. Electronic voting - still immature? - Zone-h
In order to accommodate each citizens' right (or better duty) to vote, many countries have adopted electronic voting machines to make such operations faster and easily accomplished, not mentioning the much faster vote computations. But, as many other new technologies the voting machines are facing pangs of childbirth.
10 October 2006 - Chaos Computer Club condemns e-voting machine - The Register
The German Computer Chaos Club, Europe's largest hacker group, has called for a ban on the Nedap ES3B voting machine and similar computers after a Dutch citizens group found flaws in the dated e-voting machine.
10 October 2006 - Nedap voting machines knee-deep in controversy -, Ireland
A European group of hackers has urged governments not to use the Dutch-made e-voting machines currently stored by the Irish government for future elections.
10 October 2006 - "Scrap electronic-voting for good" - Ocean fm, Ireland
Any move to introduce electronic voting ahead of the next general election must be vigorously opposed according to a Donegal county councillor.
9 October - Electronic voting systems can be easily manipulated, say Dutch researchers -
The electronic voting systems that are used in the Netherlands, Germany and France are flawed and can be easily manipulated, according to Dutch researchers. A paper released on Friday described the glitches in the Nedap / Groenendaal ES3B voting machines, which are used by almost 90 percent of the Dutch population.
9 October 2006 - European voting machines flawed, easily manipulated - The Inquirer
VOTING MACHINES used in Europe look like they may be as dodgy as those that have caused such a rumpus on the far side of the Pond.
9 October 2006 - Flaws found in European voting machines - LinuxWorld Autralia
8 October 2006 - Dutch Group Documents Severe Security Vulnerability in NEDAP electronic voting machines - Verified Voting Foundation
A group of Dutch information technology experts, "We Don't Trust Voting Computers", has documented severe security vulnerabilities in the NEDAP ES3B electronic voting machines jointly developed by NV Nederlandsche Apparatenfabriek (NEDAP) and software developer Groenendaal; the ES3B voting machine is used by 90% of voters in the Netherlands. Some jurisdictions in New York State are considering purchase of NEDAP voting machines (marketed in the United States by Liberty Election Systems) to comply with requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) that became effective in 2006.
8 October 2006 - Hackers show up flaws in e-voting - The Sunday Times
DUTCH hackers who last week breached the security of electronic-voting machines say they can detect which way a person has voted from 25 metres away.
8 October 2006 - Can we trust voting computers? - Corante
Since Wednesday, the Dutch group "We don't trust voting computers" has caused a bit of unrest with their report and tv appearance on the security of the NEDAP/Groenendaal voting computer. Interesting to read, a mix of fun (at least for those with a little feeling for technology) and scariness, with a typical "Rop Gongrijp" sense of humor over it. And quite relevant, with Dutch elections for Parliament coming up on November 22.
6 October 2006 - Flaws found in European voting machines - Computer World Security
Problem affects gear used by 90% of Dutch voters. A paper published Friday (PDF file) describes flaws in the Nedap / Groenendaal ES3B voting machine. The report, based on a month-long investigation into machines that were obtained from municipalities in the Netherlands, describes some serious vulnerabilities in the systems, which are also used in Germany and France, according to the report's authors.
6 October 2006 - Dutch E-Voting System Has Problems Similar to Diebold’s - Freedom to Tinker
Ed Felten compares the Dutch paper about the NEdap hack with the work he and his students found with the Diebold voting machines.
6 October 2006 - Dutch voting machines hacked to play chess - Engadget
With as much fuss as we raise over the myriad of Diebold security and stability failures, it looks like we've got it pretty good in the States when compared to the e-voting methods of the Dutch.
6 October 2006 - Glad to see we're not the only ones having problems with E-voting - Computerworld
A Dutch paper on e-voting machines used in the Netherlands and Germany was released recently. These machines, Nedap/Groenendaal ES3B voting machines, suffer from many of the same vulnerabilities that have been plaguing the Diebold machines for many years now. The same vulnerbilities turned up by Avi Ruben, Ed Felten and many other researchers.
6 October 2006 - Dutch citizens group cracks Nedap's voting computer - Heise Online
Just before the upcoming parliamentary elections on November 22, the Dutch citizens initiative "Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet" [We do not trust election computers] managed to manipulate a Nedap ES3B electronic voting machine so that it produced an inaccurate result.
5 October 2006 - Flaws found in Dutch voting machines - RTE News (Ireland)
A group of computer hackers in the Netherlands says it has discovered major security flaws in the electronic voting machines used there. The Irish Government has bought similar voting machines from the same Dutch manufacturer. Bekijk ook de Ierse nieuwsuitzending.
5 October 2006 - Have You Heard? E-Voting Machines Can Be Hacked - TechDirt
5 October 2006 - Dutch Blackbox Voting Pwned - Slashdot
"In a just-published report, the Dutch we-don't-trust-voting-computers foundation (Dutch and English) details how it converted a Nedap voting machine, of a type used in Holland and France, to steal a pre-determined percentage of votes and reassign them to another party. The paper describes in great detail how 'anyone, when given brief access to the devices at any time before the election, can gain complete and virtually undetectable control over the election results.' As a funny bonus, responding to an earlier challenge by the manufacturer, the researchers reflashed a voting machine to play chess. The news was on national television (Dutch) last night and is growing into a major scandal. 90% of the votes in the Netherlands are cast on these machines and national elections will be held in a month."
5 October 2006 - NEDAP (Liberty Systems) Voting Machines Hacked - VoteTrustUSA
5 October 2006 - E-voting machines successfully hacked -
IT specialists in Holland have hacked the Nedap e-voting machines, the same type of machines purchased by the Irish Government, using only documentation obtained from the Irish Department of the Environment, it has emerged. The recently formed Dutch anti e-voting group, ‘Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet’ (We don't trust voting computers), revealed on national Dutch television that they have successfully hacked the Nedap machines.
5 October 2006 - Play chess on your nearest e-voting machine - The Register
IT professionals in the Netherlands have demonstrated that the type of e-voting machines chosen by the Irish government for election counts can be secretly hacked.
27 August 2006 - Irish e-voting fiasco leads to a Dutch campaign against machines - Irish Sunday Times
Irish ministers regularly boast that the country is a world leader in technology and it turns out it is, but not in a way they would want to promote. Ireland’s e-voting fiasco has given confidence to opponents of computerised ballots throughout the world and led to a new campaign in Holland, the country in which our dodgy e-voting machines originated.
1 August 2006 - Voting Computer Victory in Holland - Alper Blog
The action committee Wij vertrouwen stemcomputers niet (lit. "We do not trust voting computers") requested all documents concerning the adoption and use of voting computers in the Netherlands and also specifically the Amsterdam case under the Dutch Disclosure of Public Administration Act.
7 July 2006 - Experts Say Dutch Voting Machines Unreliable - Nis News Bulletin
AMSTERDAM - A group of experts have launched a campaign against the voting machines used in elections in the Netherlands. They say the computers are unreliable.

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18 december 2003 - JCELG meeting of 2003-12-18: an observer's notes - evoting mailinglist
"The only really good pinning-down question was asked by Mr Gilmore, who extracted an admission from Mr Groenendaal that it was in fact possible to infiltrate his company and interfere with the counting software. Mr Groenendaal of course dismissed this, saying "I'm careful about whom I employ" but Deputy Morgan punctured the credibility of that comment by remarking "So is Buckingham Palace".

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