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Tech & Science The DNC was reportedly 'intimately involved' with the creation of the infamous app that botched the Iowa caucuses

18:41  14 february  2020
18:41  14 february  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

The Iowa Democratic caucuses were plagued by tech problems that went far beyond issues with an app

  The Iowa Democratic caucuses were plagued by tech problems that went far beyond issues with an app Tech problems played a role throughout the botched Democratic primary caucus in Iowa on February 3. A smartphone app developed specifically for registering results and largely untested before being deployed, encountered major hitches during the caucus. But beyond the app, the Iowa Democratic caucus was plagued by a various tech issues, including an inability to operate Google Sheets and two-factor authorization tripping up counts, the New York Times reports.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.One week later, and the first Democratic primary election of 2020 remains undecided.Sen.

After the Iowa caucus disaster, Democrats with any connection to Shadow, the contractor that produced “They were intimately involved in this process,” the source said of the DNC , noting the And speaking of the “now infamous app ” Perez said, “they did their own RFP to select a vendor and

The 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses took place in Iowa , United States, on February 3, 2020. These caucuses were the first nominating contest in the Democratic Party primaries for the 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's shadow is cast on the Iowas state flag as he speaks during a campaign event at Northwest Junior High, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Coralville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg's shadow is cast on the Iowas state flag as he speaks during a campaign event at Northwest Junior High, Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Coralville, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
  • Officials from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had access to and were involved with the creation of the app that botched the Iowa caucuses, according to a report from Yahoo News.
  • National party officials pushed for "continual access" to the app in its initial contract, the report said.
  • The app, developed by Shadow Inc., led to delays and inconsistencies in reporting of caucus data from the closely-watched caucuses.
  • The contract said that Shadow would provide monthly updates about the app's development to the DNC, according to the report.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Democratic National Committee officials were "intimately involved" with the development of the app that led to massive delays in results from the Iowa caucuses, according to a report from Yahoo News' Hunter Walker.

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The Democratic National Committee had a much greater role than previously known in the botched rollout of the Shadow app that doomed the Iowa caucus results reporting. According to Yahoo News, an unaffiliated Democratic operative who worked on the caucus found the DNC ’s criticism of the

Although the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) has distanced itself from the troubled Iowa caucus app that was developed by Shadow Inc., a new Yahoo News report claims that the governing body was actually “ intimately involved ” with the development of the technology.

DNC officials had access to the app ahead of the Iowa caucuses, and received "monthly written updates" about the development of the app, Walker reported, citing a contract for the app's development.

An unnamed source involved with the caucuses told Yahoo News that national party officials "were intimately involved in this process."

'We Feel Really Terrible,' CEO Of Company Behind App That Ruined Iowa Caucuses Says

  'We Feel Really Terrible,' CEO Of Company Behind App That Ruined Iowa Caucuses Says CEO Gerard Niemira of Shadow Inc., the developers of the unfortunately named election app that caused Monday’s Democratic presidential caucus in Iowa to turn into a much bigger shitshow than it usually is, told Bloomberg on Tuesday night that he’s really sorry about all that. But he argued that the app was actually pretty solid, you know, so long as one overlooks the software bug that ruined everything. “I’m really disappointed that some of our technology created an issue that made the caucus difficult.” Niemira told Bloomberg. “We feel really terrible about that.”“The app was sound and good,” Niemira added.

WASHINGTON — While the Democratic National Committee over the past 10 days has tried to distance itself from the troubled app that Most Recent Articles posted by NorthernDog". Documents reveal DNC was ' intimately involved ' in development of troubled Iowa caucus app 4 replies.

While the Democratic National Committee over the last 10 days has tried to distance itself from the troubled app that threw the results of the Iowa caucuses into disarray, a copy of the contract and internal correspondence provided to Yahoo News demonstrate that national party officials had

While the DNC has attempted to distance itself from the app, it had "continual access" to the app before its launch, according to a contract cited in the report.

DNC CEO Seema Nanda and Kat Atwater, the DNC's deputy chief technology officer, were involved in drafting the contract and pushed for access to the app, according to the report.

The DNC told Business Insider that its only involvement with the app was connecting an external cyber security consultant to the Iowa Democratic Party.

Nellwyn Thomas, chief technology officer at the DNC, said in a tweet that the Yahoo News report is "not new" and "not true" - The New York Times had previously reported on the contract and the DNC's push for access to the app for cyber security tests.

DNC spokesperson Xochitl Hinojosa told Business Insider that the DNC was not involved in developing the app and that it "drafted broad language" to ensure that the app would be accessible to the DNC's security consultant.

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  How Iowans changed their minds on the Democratic candidates for president Walking through the precincts where shifts in support were identifiable.What makes the Iowa caucuses unique, besides serving as an inadvertent software beta-testing laboratory, is that they include voters’ second picks in their calculus.

WASHINGTON — While the Democratic National Committee over the past 10 days has tried to distance itself from the troubled app that threw the results In the days since the debacle, DNC Chair Tom Perez has criticized the Iowa Democratic Party, which ran the caucuses , and the developer of

While the Democratic National Committee over the past 10 days has tried to distance itself from the troubled app that threw the results of the Iowa The Democrats’ Iowa caucuses took place on Feb. 3, but the outcome is still in question following a series of issues related to the failure of an app that

"We did not build the application, nor did we provide 'oversight' of its development - that's the vendor's responsibility. We only provided security assistance," Hinojosa said.

The app was developed by Shadow Inc., a tech company that aims to "build political power for the progressive movement," according to its website. After the app caused massive delays, leading to confusion and frustration over the lack of results from the closely-watched Iowa caucuses, Shadow said that the issues were caused by coding errors that impacted the reporting of data and did not corrupt the actual results from caucuses around the state.

Still, the Associated Press said it would not call a winner in the caucuses. DNC Chairman Tom Perez also called for a recanvass in Iowa, and both Sanders and Buttigieg have submitted official requests for a partial recanvass.

The chaos ultimately led to the resignation of state party chairman, Troy Price. Perez told The New York Times that Price "was doing his best, but it wasn't enough."

Read the full report over at Yahoo News.

Buggy Iowa Caucus App Is Buggy, Security Experts Say .
The phone app at the centre of the clown-shoe exercise in democracy known as the Iowa Caucuses was not only riddled with technical issues and potentially susceptible to being hacked, it appears to have been designed by a greenhorn programmer in the process of learning the code. That’s according to the analyses of several security experts who’ve now had time to rip the app apart and examine its guts. The unimaginatively named IowaReporterApp, designed by a company called Shadow, failed so spectacularly, in fact, that nearly 48 hours after the caucuses began, the results—typically announced the night of—are still being tabulated.

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