Microsoft’s offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft is announcing an ambitious effort intended to make U.S. voting more secure and verifiable.The company will offer free open-source software that several top U.S. elections vendors say they will explore incorporating into their voting equipment.The software kit is being developed with Oregon-based Galois, which is separately creating a secure voting system prototype under contract with the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, DARPA.The Microsoft kit is dubbed “ElectionGuard.” It was announced Monday by CEO Satya Nadella at a Seattle developer’s conference.Microsoft says the kit it will be available beginning this summer with prototypes ready to pilot for next year’s general elections.Frank Bajak, The Associated Press read more

Woman who sued NHS for £25m claiming operation left her in agony

A woman who tried to claim £2.5m from the NHS after claiming that having vaginal mesh fitted had left her in constant pain has been sent to prison after pictures showed her enjoying her daughter’s Ibiza hen partyLesley Maria Elder, 50, from Poole, Dorset, was caught after photos on social media showed her taking part in the celebrations in night clubs on the party island.Elder claimed she was left disabled by constant pain following a vaginal mesh operation and could no longer work or do routine tasks without help.She sued the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, where she underwent the surgery in 2010, for £2.5 million.But a judge found she had “grossly, dishonestly and repeatedly” exaggerated her symptoms.Undercover surveillance also showed Elder was able to go shopping and to walk her dog regularly, without the aid of a walking stick.Elder was jailed for five months at the High Court in London for contempt of court over her false claims.She was sentenced in her absence.Judge Karen Walden-Smith said: “This was a deliberate and persistent making of false statements for the purpose of falsely recovering significant monies from a publicly-funded body.” The court was told Elder suffered a genuine injury as a result of the surgery, which it later transpired was not necessary because she had been misdiagnosed.The NHS trust admitted liability but disputed the amount she claimed, and a judge at a county court in 2017 ruled she was entitled to just £120,000 instead. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more