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Online voting not ready yet, researchers say

With the internet encroaching on daily life, it was only natural for online voting solutions to arise. But university researchers from around the country told EdScoop that the technology isn't yet secure enough to be widely deployed. One of those researchers, Philip Stark, an associate dean of mathematical and physical sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, counts himself among the skeptics. "Experts are almost universally agreed that online voting is the worst possible option from a security standpoint. Online voting is simply not ready for prime time. There are far too many vulnerabilities in online voting proposals that would leave our elections too susceptible to hacks." Betsy Foresman looked into the latest university research and traced the path of recent efforts to advance online voting.

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Preparing for the November election

As November approaches, the nation's elections officials are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for what could be one of the most anticipated races in American history. In this special report, StateScoop and EdScoop reporters explore the issues surrounding election security and what everyone can expect as we head into November — from immature online voting systems to an increasingly sophisticated information-sharing network that spans the nation. Read the report.

Another school for the tech workforce

The University of Michigan announced Thursday it will launch a new college of innovation and technology aimed at preparing students for careers in tech. “The technology-intensive future demands that we prepare our graduates to develop and apply technology in new ways that will benefit society,” UM-Flint Chancellor Deba Dutta said. The new school is slated to open 2021.   Betsy has the details.

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