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SAN JOSE - 25 October
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Watch our third webcast as Tom Carver and Kevin Anderson travel to California to find out how the internet is shaping the future of democracy.

Watch the video of their webcast from Mr Jefferson's home in San Ramone, California.

Kevin Anderson writes:
Some people rave about how the internet has made distances irrelevant, but we found miles still matter when bad weather delayed our flight from Texas to California.

Fortunately, once we arrived in San Francisco, David Jefferson, Technology Chair of the California Internet Voting Taskforce, invited us to his home in San Ramone to talk about the internet's impact on politics and voting.

"The internet is a two-edged sword," he said in answer to Alice Reynolds' question on how the net is being used to reach voters.

"It allows much better communication between the candidate and the public ... that's good for voters."

It's also a channel for misinformation, so the voter has to filter what they chose to believe," he said.

On the subject of voting via the internet, his big concern is security. Allowing people to vote from the home or office using the current generation of PCs is a non-starter, he believes.

That's all from Silicon Valley but join us on Thursday when we will be in San Francisco to talk about the Green vote and Ralph Nader's candidacy.

Click here to read Kevin Anderson's report "Silicon Valley and the online election".

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