[Skunkworks] EVALUATING A TAMPER-PROOF SMS VOTING SYSTEM

Jimmy Thuo jimmy.thuo at gmail.com
Tue Jul 25 08:21:36 EAT 2017


Stephen hold up, the solution is not from me! I was jus giving my views. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On 25 Jul 2017, at 01:49, Stephen Njoroge <njoshsn at googlemail.com> wrote:
> 
> Jimmy Thuo I like that you got a solution.. but I think it important that you notice 
> that it not just the human aspect that make your system un-usable..
> basic cheat over GSM like people using numeric sender id to vote multiple times to 
> the target phone number I assume or even In case you are using an MO short code connection.
> 
> other aspect like deny of service outage would see some people not vote.. but don't worry in a few year
> you will laugh at your naivety as this is all a learning curve... all the best in your next venture but think private sector.. 
> 
>> On 24 July 2017 at 14:52, Jimmy Thuo via skunkworks <skunkworks at lists.my.co.ke> wrote:
>> I have not tested the solution however from the current shenanigans and mistrust displayed by political position aspirants in the run up to the upcoming elections, I think i can confidently say that despite it being a good solution, it will never be accepted in KE
>> 
>>> On Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Oyunga Omamo via skunkworks <skunkworks at lists.my.co.ke> wrote:
>>> A tamper-proof SMS voting system can be tested at the number 0706379559. Start by sending a small MPESA amount to cover the replies you will get. 10 shillings allows 30 replies (1 shilling buys 3 replies). Thereafter you will get a message indicating further steps. There are mock elections where you can test the voting system. At present the demonstration does not use USSD. It uses flash SMS messages. You should reply to the message like any normal SMS message. This is inconvenient. The USSD software is already in the system and USSD will be offered as soon as funds to set up a USSD code become available.
>>> 
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>>> From: Rad! <conradakunga at gmail.com>
>>> To: Oyunga Omamo <oyunga2000 at yahoo.com>; Skunkworks Mailing List <skunkworks at lists.my.co.ke> 
>>> Sent: Friday, April 7, 2017 6:36 PM
>>> Subject: Re: [Skunkworks] EVALUATING A TAMPER-PROOF SMS VOTING SYSTEM
>>> 
>>> Can you share the paper?
>>> 
>>> On Fri, Apr 7, 2017 at 6:21 PM, Oyunga Omamo via skunkworks <skunkworks at lists.my.co.ke> wrote:
>>>  I have developed a tamper proof SMS voting system
>>>  that can be used in any election including our national
>>>  elections. Let me emphasize that I am serious when I say
>>>  tamper proof. I have published a paper on the system. There
>>>  are mobile numbers where the system can be tested by
>>>  arrangement. I would like assistance to organize a workshop
>>>  to discuss the possibility of electronic voting in Kenya and
>>>  to expose the system to a wider audience.
>>> If any one wants to test the system, please inform me through this forum.
>>> 
>>> George
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