The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) announced that it will create a page to warn users about instability in all of the agency’s digital services, including electronic voter registration, or e-Title. The measure, according to the court, aims to strengthen cybersecurity initiatives on possible downfalls in apps related to the elections. Last year, during the municipal election, the e-Titulo oscillated on voting day for the first round.
Page on e-Title oscillation goes live in 2022
The new page that warns about instability of the e-Titulo and other digital services of the TSE used by voters and candidates was announced by Aline Osório, secretary general of the Presidency of the Electoral Court, at a press conference last Friday (15). To Techblog, the TSE confirmed the information and said that the launch of the service should take place in the first half of 2022.
According to the agency, the objective of the initiative is “to offer more information about the situation of digital services, and thus avoid exactly an information vacuum that generates misinformation, such as in the results visualization applications”.
The TSE also claims that the page that detects oscillations in combat electoral apps is intended to combat lies about “hacker invasions” associated with the blackout:
“The Electoral Justice is also the target of disinformation attacks that use cybersecurity narratives that aim to discredit the electoral process, such as misleadingly associating with Brazilian citizens that the Court was ‘invaded’ based on the programmed unavailability of digital services.”
Last year, municipal elections were marked by instability in the e-Title and delays in the dissemination of results by capitals across the country.
On the voting day of the 1st round of the dispute, voters reported that they were unable to access the e-Título, used to justify their absence on voting day. The technical area of the Superior Electoral Court blamed the large volume of last-minute accesses for the service failure.
As for the delay in disclosing who had won or passed to the second round, the TSE points out that there was a slowdown in the process of totaling votes. The organization’s president, Minister Luís Roberto Barroso, stated that “one of the computer’s processor cores that processes the totalization failed and it was necessary to repair it. This is the technical reason why there was the delay”.
Instability page includes election result app
It is worth remembering that, in addition to the e-Titulo, the TSE has three other applications used for elections and accessible to all citizens:
- Results: it counts on the percentage of votes obtained by each of the candidates;
- On board: where the court receives and checks complaints from voters;
- Newsletter in Hand: whereby the reader can obtain a digital copy of the ballot paper used to vote.
The court also has an app to guide election officials before and during elections, offering training.
During the press conference, Osório justified that the page serves as a reinforcement of the TSE’s cybersecurity pillar, and increases transparency about how the organ’s platforms work on election day, which in turn increases voter confidence in the electoral process. .
The secretary general of the Presidency of the TSE, who also coordinates the Committee of the Program to Combat Disinformation of the Court, said:
“Our perspective is that 2022 will be a challenge. No court or institution can alone want to combat misinformation. Quality, informative journalism is essential in this process.”
Also during the interview, Google announced, in partnership with the TSE, what the rules will be for political campaigns that use the company’s advertising tools in the 2022 elections.
Among the main measures, there is the presentation of the CPF or CNPJ of the account owner that will promote political advertisements, and a transparency map that must inform about expenses of advertisements that mention candidates or parties.
With information: TSE