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Repost: My Day as an Election Judge in the 2008 Election
2008 was a historic US election year, with turnout at historic highs. I think this year may be another such year, so I decided to repost my experience as an election judge so people can glimpse what it was like for an election judge at that time. Unfortunately, due to personal issues I won’t be abl…


Progress at Flow Pharma
“In order to make a personalized therapeutic cancer vaccine, you have to know the genomic information of the patient’s tumor as well as that of the patient. Speed and accuracy are both critical. Once we have these gene sequences, we can use AI-augmented bioinformatics tools to quickly identify tumo…


On Defining Proof of Stake
The current definition of Proof of Stake is too broad and generic to be useful. It does not imply any information about the security or insecurity of a platform. This definition does a disservice to all parties—the users, the systems, the experts—because instead of discussions addressing the issues…


The Elixxir Technical Brief
This week the Elixxir team released a technical brief on the project, a first look into the design of the Elixxir platform. After months of preparation, we were thrilled to be able announce the project to the world, and to give everybody and look under the hood. In the coming months, we will be rel…


How blockchains can actually help elections
This midterm election season, some in the press are calling blockchain the next big thing, enabling online voting and generally being a key part of solving all election security and transparency problems. I caution everyone to be exceptionally skeptical when a single technology is touted to solve s…