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Last of 4 parts TO continue on how to resolve the “in-securities” discovered by Automated Election System (AES) Watch in the 2010, 2013 and 2016 national and local elections (NLEs), such should have been resolved with the following simple yet effective actions: Application of change management control. The two notable…

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Part 3 NONE! This is the answer to the floating question in our previous column (Part 2): Does COMELEC have an information security policy? It follows that if there’s no information security policy in a particular organization, then its operational procedures and practices are not at par with information technology…

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Part 2 IN 2003, the adoption of the information security management system (ISMS) in the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) was a good start to ensure compliance with the Automated Election System (AES) Law at that time (i.e., RA 8436 of 1997, the predecessor of RA 9369 of 2007). The training…

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WAS the infamous “COMELeak” hacking incident preventable? Before answering that question, let me share first the stance of the National Privacy Commission (NPC) regarding COMELeak. The NPC announced in a press conference last week that it found the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) liable in LC Case No. 16-001 for violations…

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THE London-based International Centre for Parliamentary Studies (ICPS) awarded the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) two major awards in their 2016 International Electoral Awards (IEA), held in Maputo, Mozambique, on December 6, 2016.These awards are the Election Commission of the Year and the Election Management Award. Two minor awards were also…

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AS explained in my last article “Digital forensics in the realm of AES” (http://www.manilatimes.net/digital-forensics-realm-aes/295544/), the Joint Congressional Canvassing Committee (JCCC) allowed the digital forensics of the 60 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that were seized from the house of a Smartmatic technician in Antipolo. It was also explained in…

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SINCE the implementation of the Automated Election System (AES) in the 2010 national and local elections by virtue of the AES Law, or RA 9369, we, the electorate, have found ourselves in a digital world where information related to counting, consolidation and canvassing of votes are captured, processed, generated, transmitted,…

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Until now, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) cannot accept the reality that it has not complied with all the provisions of the AES law or RA 9369. Comelec officials believe that they handled the 2016 national and local elections (NLEs) successfully and that their AES provider, Smartmatic, did well. The…

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