Old touch-screen devices, lack of paper backup, and piles of absentee ballots could cause havoc.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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Fundamental security problems aren’t solved, computing experts warn.
A startup says it's cracked a decades-old efficiency problem dogging wireless communications.
Federal efforts to create a better network for emergency services after September 11 remain unfulfilled.
A bold experiment by the One Laptop Per Child organization has shown “encouraging” results.
A flexible electronics startup, MC10, lifts the veil on its first commercial product, in partnership with Reebok.
A dash of algebra on wireless networks promises to boost bandwidth tenfold, without new infrastructure.
Political insight: people lie to pollsters, and probably on Facebook. But not to Google's search bar
Location data suggests a better way to fight a disease that kills a million people a year.
In India, new technology aims to help more poor farmers skirt loan-sharks and get real banking services.