Sunday, November 6, 2016

Algorithmic Voting

With the U.S. Presidential Elections fast approaching, voting seems to be on everyone's minds. Google has made it clear it its users that they should vote by providing them with various resources. However, this post isn't about the upcoming election. Instead, it's about the one in 2020. Imagine if a smartphone could pick a political candidate for you and vote for them with just a tap on the "I agree" checkbox. On one hand, it would increase the amount of voters exponentially by making the process simple and provide fast, accurate polling. After all, Google Forms has been quite successful. Why not use the same premise for voting? But there is an issue it brings up: having a phone suggesting a candidate for you. It does beg the question how much influence a tech company should have over an election and your political beliefs. When it comes down to it, these are tech companies, not political advisers.

Note: I was incorrect in stating that Apple was hiding Donald Trump's app from the App Store. Me not seeing his app was situational and may not occur for all users. I apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you to @sot0fied on Twitter for pointing that out.

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