COMELEC Halalan 2013 mobile application (“COMELEC App”) created by ABS-CBN was finally released, which aims to access to election-related information and services through mobile phones and devices running on Android.
the app requires Android 2.2, assists searching for precincts or polling centers and allows a PINOY voter to check status of his registration and eligibility for the coming 2013 elections.
check out some screenshots below
see more [play.google.com]
IT PINOYs can relax a little bit as the Commission on Elections (Comelec) announced that the testing of precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines had resumed and that the results were “perfect.”
“Now I am again smiling,” Comelec Chair Jose Melo said. “Elections will go through in all levels, in all precincts. What will happen here is Smartmatic will distribute all the flash cards.”
don’t smile too much, Comelec‘s job is far from over.
calling all IT PINOYs to be vigilant this coming May 10 elections!!!
Philippine’s first ever automated elections could be leading to a major disastrous failure as it was found out that a week before the May 10 elections the CF cards used in the PCOS machines aren’t working!!!!
this came after test results showed the at the CF cards (contains specific precinct information), incorrectly read the names and votes for local contests.
it was said that during the ballot printing, the spacing in the local contests was changed from single to double-spaced and this caused the CF cards not reading the form correctly!
what duh?! talk about basic I.T. software development lifecycle component – you need to run TESTS on all code changes (or any changes made) before putting it in production!!!
what this entails is redoing work, incur more costs, put more question on the quality of your product, and of course you will have the angst of your clients – in this case the FILIPINO people!!!
“…We’re going to do this no matter how much it costs. It will be our expense. We’re telling you it can be done and it will be successful,” Smartmatic-TIM spokesperson Cesar Flores stressed.
well, they better fix this ASAP, or else….hmmmm???!!!@#@
there have been a buzz that a huge shipment of signal jammers is to arrive the country, which raises suspicion especially from COMELEC since this might be used against the poll automation
for the IT PINOYs, a signal jammer is a small, low-powered transmitter that interferes with receivers in an area around the jammer. the radius of the area will depend on the power of the jammer. the jammer signal will be “seen” by the receiver and it won’t then be able to “see” the little signal of the remotely located transmitter that it is trying to “look at” before you turn on your jammer.
COMELEC spokesperson James Jimenez however stated they have “countermeasures to protect against loss of signal or absence of signal. That is the first thing we are paying attention to.” he further added that there are also anti-jammers that they could use against this possible threat.
Philippine Senator Alan Peter Cayetano just filed a resolution to grant Php100Mil to IT PINOYs who can hack the automated poll system.
this is in response to COMELEC‘s claims that the automated poll system set to run for next year’s national elections is hack-proof.
“COMELEC should cancel the contract, save the P11 billion and sue for damages the contractor in the event of such successful hacking,” the senator said.
there had been long debates in the past about companies paying hackers to show system flaws. and i sincerely think this could be a motivation for “good-intentioned” IT PINOYs to test the system.
however, paying hackers just to deface a system’s vulnerability is also like inviting hungry sharks who are always in the look for a scent of blood! thought we should be mindful of what we’re asking for.
i’m afraid this could also give bad impression especially to the younger IT PINOYs, that there’s money in hacking. the intention is all good but hacking is just pretty strong. of course this is just my five cents!
read more [inquirer.net]
image c/o [sstg.org]