Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Lucas Mearian covers financial services IT (including blockchain), healthcare IT and enterprise mobile issues (including mobility management, security, hardware and apps).

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The problem with mobile and app voting

The problem with mobile and app voting

It's the day after the 2020 Iowa caucuses, and the Iowa Democratic Party has yet to announce the winner. The app that precinct leaders were supposed to use to report final tallies recorded inconsistent results. Party leaders blamed a...

MIT researchers say mobile voting app piloted in U.S. is rife with vulnerabilities

MIT researchers say mobile voting app piloted in U.S. is rife with vulnerabilities

The flaws could let a hacker alter, stop or expose how a person has voted.

BlackBerry says its new Digital Workplace eliminates need for VPN, VDI

BlackBerry says its new Digital Workplace eliminates need for VPN, VDI

BlackBerry has integrated its Desktop and Access Browser with partner Awingu's secure browser-based workspace and AI-driven security software from its acquisition of Cylance.

Why the Fed is considering a cash-backed cryptocurrency

Why the Fed is considering a cash-backed cryptocurrency

A real-time payments infrastructure enabled by a blockchain-based stablecoin could offer many advantages, a Federal Reserve governor said during a recent speech.

UEM to marry security — finally — after long courtship

UEM to marry security — finally — after long courtship

Machine learning will be key in evaluating whether a mobile device and its user should be allowed to connect to a corporate application or data silo, as user behavior becomes a part of overall endpoint security.

U.S. Air Force to pilot blockchain-based database for data sharing

U.S. Air Force to pilot blockchain-based database for data sharing

The blockchain ledger will enable data ingest from legacy data systems and wikis as well as a native web application build platform

Iowa Caucus chaos likely to set back mobile voting

Iowa Caucus chaos likely to set back mobile voting

While the app used to tally votes during the Iowa Caucus on Monday was not a mobile voting app, it could still undermine confidence in any future attempts to roll out the technology.

MIT's blockchain-based 'Spider' offers 4X faster cryptocurrency processing

MIT's blockchain-based 'Spider' offers 4X faster cryptocurrency processing

The researchers are using a something similar to packet switching to more efficiently re-route crypto transactions – a move that could rival traditional banking.

Fed rule on patient access to healthcare data gets EMR vendor pushback

Fed rule on patient access to healthcare data gets EMR vendor pushback

A rule that would allow greater access to electronic healthcare information for patients and their doctors is being challenged by some of the vendors supplying the technology.

Seattle tries out mobile voting

Seattle tries out mobile voting

But voter skepticism about online security has some Washington state officials responsible for general elections wary of rolling out the tech.

Feds may already have found a way to hack into Apple iPhones

Feds may already have found a way to hack into Apple iPhones

By refusing to put a permanent backdoor in its iOS platform, Apple wants to protect millions of users from future threats by both governments and hackers, privacy advocates said.

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