Monthly Archives: February 2020

voting machines, cybersecurity, Iowa caucusses

Iowa caucuses and the Shadow app: A lesson in critical infrastructure

On Monday 3 February 2020, Iowans caucused at almost 1700 precincts across the state to select their preferences among presidential candidates.  Three days after the Iowa caucuses, the final tallies for the Democratic presidential candidates remained incomplete.  The popular press blames a technical glitch in the Shadow app, but accountability resides with party leaders and the Shadow app executives who allowed technology that had not been previously fielded nor fully tested to be deployed as critical infrastructure.

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