Voting machines, and paying together with your palm


For the previous 19 years, laptop science professor Juan Gilbert has immersed himself in maybe probably the most contentious debate over election administration in america—what position, if any, touch-screen ballot-marking units ought to play within the voting course of.

Whereas advocates declare that digital voting methods will be comparatively safe, enhance accessibility, and simplify voting and vote tallying, critics have argued that they’re insecure and ought to be used as sometimes as attainable. 

As for Gilbert? He claims he’s lastly invented “probably the most safe voting know-how ever created.” And he’s invited a number of of probably the most revered and vocal critics of voting know-how to show his level. Learn the complete story.

—Spencer Mestel

Would you pay together with your palm?

On October 14, a Chinese language tech publication reported that Tencent had quietly launched a characteristic in WeChat that enables customers to pay by verifying their palm prints. However whereas it shortly made headlines in China, there’s solely a handful of registered emblems to indicate Tencent has the truth is been growing such a know-how.

Enter Chinese language social media. On fashionable video apps there are a handful of movies proving that Tencent has been testing palm-print fee units in cafes, bakeries, and supermarkets since no less than July. 

Their existence reaffirms how arduous it’s to know what’s taking place in China from the surface, but additionally how video platforms are changing conventional websites to turn out to be the place the place folks specific themselves and doc their lives. Learn the complete story.

—Zeyi Yang

This story is from China Report, Zeyi’s new weekly publication protecting the most recent comings and goings in China. Join to obtain it in your inbox each Tuesday.

Zeyi is one among MIT Know-how Overview’s reporters and editors taking to the stage right this moment at EmTech, our annual convention protecting rising know-how and international tendencies.

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