The big question is though: will they actually make a positive contribution to the process or outcome? According to this article in the most recent edition of the Economist, Yandex (Russia’s largest search engine provider) and Yabloko (one of the opposition parties) have each commissioned and deployed iOS apps to allow for casual monitoring of possible election fraud and have agreed to pool their results. In addition, the Russian electoral commission has also deployed web cams in a majority of the polling stations in an attempt to respond to accusation soy widespread fraud in the run up elections. But will they work? Will we see the data and in the end will it have impact were it to substantiate claims? Well, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.