In Iowa’s big ‘oopsy’ there is a lesson for everyone.
AT THE RISK of being identified as the dinosaurs we often are, let’s say it was interesting to follow the utter failure of technology in last week’s first in the nation presidential caucuses in Iowa.
Democrats had touted a fancy new “app” that was going to collect and crunch all sorts of data and result in the fast release of more information than ever.
And then it didn’t work.
Instead, there were no results until much later when, basically, the news cycle had moved on to President Trump’s State of the Union address, the final impeachment verdict and the lead-up to the New Hampshire primary election. Poor Iowa. Left in history’s dust by the vicissitudes of touchy technology.
IT ALSO REMINDS one of all the twitchy edginess after 2016 over whether the United States is sufficiently protected from bad actors who may try to hack into the election system. The key question remains: Is the ubiquitous technology comprising the election system vulnerable?
Clearly, the techno-whizzes haven’t got this as much as they want you to believe.
Paper and pencil, granted, are hopelessly humble, old fashioned and uncool. They do, however, still have one advantage: They work.