Is Electronic Voting Trustworthy?


The electronic voting system is being followed in developed and developing democracies across the globe during elections. The voting system ensures there is no duplication and the voter rolls are verified. The counting process is hastened with optical scanners. The doubts that arise is if the voting can be done online or should the voter visit the voting booth to cast their votes? Is online voting secure? Can hacking prove detrimental to the voting system? These are some of the questions that need an answer. The discussion will be related to this topic.

With everything going online today, electronic voting is going to change the political scenario. Governments across the globe are taking a call on online voting and the trial has already begun. Critics have always cautioned on the electronic voting system calling it insecure for our democracy. The United Kingdom ran trials on the electronic voting for their local elections during the years 2002, 2003 and in 2007. Estonia was the first country to go online for voting for their general elections in the year 2007.

electricA research by the WebRoots Democracy informs that there is a higher chance of young voters voting if the voting system goes online. Moreover, the cost incurred for the election could be drastically brought down with the online voting system. Though some security concerns do arise despite there were no attacks on the e-voting system. But it is not denied that the e-voting system may become vulnerable to attacks if the system is widespread.

Besides securing the e-voting system from malware and other related threats it has to be protected from manipulations. There are no signatures to authenticate the voter, very similar to the postal ballot system. With this said e-voting is not completely free from malpractices. Cyber security issues are also a cause for concern in the electronic voting system. It could be scary and make democracy a gamble.

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The Future Of Handwriting


Handwriting classes have become the thing of the past. Finland has removed it from their national curriculum and the American states giving no importance in their educational system, it is now restricted to the officials alone. Writing has almost become obsolete with the fingers taking its place with typing and swiping replacing writing. Experts opine that cursive writing is crucial for cognitive development particularly when it comes to memory. We will speak to Clive Thompson on the importance of writing. We will look beyond type and text.

Clive Thompson explains when you should take to hand and when the keyboard. Clive says that handwriting is suitable for meetings, brainstorming sessions, lectures and scribbling. Typing is apt for people working on articles. Good typing speed means better your ideas. Clive calls this transcription fluency. The faster your finger moves the better your ideas are a showcase. Increasing the typing speed can improve your thoughts.

On the contrary, when writing, the goal is not to think faster but write faster. There are some writers like Lynda Barry who writes her novels with a paintbrush. The goal of the writer is not to think but to dream so that there is no scope for editing. While writing the first draft there was a need to slow down just to distract a paintbrush with Tuscan watercolor was used to paint the manuscript over a legal paper. This is just to focus on calligraphic writing instead of crafting sentences beautifully. The idea here is as long as the sentences are beautiful the remaining aspects will automatically fall in its place.

Clive Thompson has written a book on handwriting, be sure to check it out. The book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better is a must read for those who want to know about the future of handwriting.

What Storytelling Has In Store For The Future?


Storytelling has taken a whole new dimension with a range of platforms available for writers to express their thoughts. Today’s episode will talk about the perspectives of three novelists, who have taken to new platforms to explore their boundaries. Nick Earls elaborates on his interest on refreshing the novella. He explores the similarity between storytelling and podcasting. Meanwhile, Naomi Alderman, British Novelist described video games as the ‘medium of the age’. While Mike Jones speaks on the challenges of crime fiction writing offered in a Virtual Reality Experience.

The three novelist share their views on the ever-changing platform of storytelling. The new age of social media has created a fear among the publishers. Technologies are seen as a means to enhance the engagement and improve the creativity of explaining the tales. Novella, a short novel is something between a short story and lengthy tale. It is a popular writing form that was prevalent until the mid 20th century and has faded with publishers lacking interest.

Writer Nick Earls wants the novella to be revived. He has written a few novellas named, The Wisdom Tree, claiming it to be the right fit for modern readers who cannot afford the time. According to him short stories are too short and cannot afford complex plotlines or scope for character development. It can throw light on the character and allows for a little detailing allowing the reader to connect well with the characters delivering a great reading experience.

Naomi Aldermen takes refuge in video games for understanding a plot better. She is a successful scriptwriter and developer for popular video games including the Zombies, Run! It leads to interactive storytelling informs Alderman. The next big thing in storytelling is Virtual reality informs Mike Jones. The narrative scope of virtual reality has caught the attention of storytellers. He works on VR Noir a crime fiction in VR. It was premiered at the Sydney Vivid Festival.