The Iowa caucuses is thrown into chaos thanks to an app failure
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The Iowa caucuses is thrown into chaos thanks to an app failure

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[MUSIC] If you're like me and you woke up this morning without any clue about what was going on at Iowa, good news, nobody knows what's happening in Iowa, so we're not alone. Last night, the highly anticipated results of the Iowa caucuses were delayed because of problems with a new app the Iowa Democratic Party has been using to tally the votes. The party says the problem isn't a hack or any outside interference and the delay is in the reporting of the votes. Alfred does this raise any concerns about election security? So a lot of the concern around election security is always like the voting machines getting hacked, right like you hear about that a lot. But as we're seeing with Iowa. A lot of the issues with technology in elections doesn't even need hackers involved. Part of the concern from election officials and the intelligence community has always been the disinformation campaigns that come after the vote. Right. So even if nothing was hacked, if people believe that it was and the results are not accepted as legitimate You've essentially compromised democracy without breaking into anything. And that's where the big concern is now with Iowa with conspiracy theories flying across Twitter from the app being purposely rigged to benefit a certain candidate or another candidate claiming he won. won, even though no results have come in yet. Right. What are some of the problems that you-- what are the things that you've been seeing on TOREDUP? What have people been saying? So there's been a lot of issues with this app. So this is the first time it's even being rolled out for an election and If you have a major product, maybe test it out before rolling out on. I don't know, the Iowa caucuses. The most highly watched. Yeah. I know that there are other election security stuff that where they're trying to like lower scale things where it's like they'll try it out for School board election or something like that. And, with this, they're just saying, yeah, we'll just throw it out there and see what happens. So this is the very first time that they've tried this? Yeah, basically. And apparently, The department Homeland Security Secretary Chad wolf said this. See told this to Fox News where he was saying that the the Iowa Democratic Party turned down their offer to test out the app to see like, how valid how good it was really before the election. So Yeah, I mean, there's a lot of things going on with this. It's from a company. The app is developed by a company called Shadow. [LAUGH] Great name. Yeah, you can name your company non-shady things,right. [LAUGH] But yeah, I mean we're still finding out more about this as it goes on. I mean people are starting to call it The Iowa Caucus Disaster now or something like that. Yeah. This has not turned out well but I think the bigger concern is the disinformation part of it because the Iowa Democratic Party has said like We've counted all the votes proper.>>Backed stuff safe. Yeah, it was basically the way that the app was returning data to us saying like, hey, what? Like this can't be right. So I mean, like they have handwritten ballots also. Right. So I mean, like, that's just going to take longer. I don't think the vote was hacked in any way. But I mean, all this chaos that happens around, there's always prime opportunity for disinformation campaigns. Right. [MUSIC]

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