Microsoft Unveils Plans For New Voting Software

Microsoft Unveils Plans For New Voting Software

Microsoft’s annual BUILD conference has been taking place in Seattle this week. CEO Satya Nadella took the stage yesterday and announced a project to modernize voting software all around world. The project, dubbed ElectionGuard, is a joint effort between Microsoft, DARPA, and Galois. They hope to have it working later this summer.

Here’s the most impressive part… once completed, the software will be open source. If this seems familiar, its because we reported about it last year when less details were known. The partnership feels this will not only give nations all over the world access to secure election software, but it will also allow it to be highly scrutinized so bugs can be fixed quicker. Additionally, that’s the second time we’ve heard Microsoft and Open Source mentioned together this week.

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