Freeing us from technology.

Item the first: The FTC has barred prerecorded sales calls, effective September 1, 2009. (Political calls are not covered by the limitation, since they’re not, strictly speaking, selling anything.) Item the second: States across the country are tossing out electronic voting machines as it dawns on them that these things are grossly insecure and generally a bad idea. With Ohio registrars taking voting machines home for “sleepovers”, perhaps everybody will soon recognize that we’ve got a national security problem here.

Published by Waldo Jaquith

Waldo Jaquith (JAKE-with) is an open government technologist who lives near Char­lottes­­ville, VA, USA. more »

5 replies on “Freeing us from technology.”

  1. Whatever the claimed basis for not restricting political pre-recorded calls is, the actual basis is the very clear exception that Congress makes for its own electioneering activities. However, this is one of the rare cases in which the self-interest of Congress is a pretty decent overlay with the Constitution (which I believe protects political speech – and that’s what pre-recorded political calls are – absolutely).

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