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Definition of paperless

: recording or relaying information by electronic media rather than on paper paperless offices

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So experts argued that the paperless electronic voting machines many states adopted in the early 2000s posed a serious threat to the integrity of our election systems. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Experts criticize West Virginia’s plan for smartphone voting," 7 Aug. 2018 On the latest episode of Recode Decode, U.S. Digital Service Acting Administrator Matt Cutts shares his pitch for paperless visa applications and more. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Elon Musk’s ‘production hell’ crunch is starting to work," 2 July 2018 The Brennan Center for Justice estimates Indiana would need $22.7 million to $35.6 million to replace its paperless voting machines. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana may need millions of dollars to prevent election hacking by Russia and others," 25 June 2018 Election officials agree paperless machines are much less vulnerable to hacking. Sarah Zimmerman,, "Federal cybersecurity funds aimed at preventing another Russian hack into Illinois' elections," 23 June 2018 Those with paperless billing can go to a website link in their monthly invoices, officials said. David Ibata, ajc, "Forsyth releases annual water quality report," 15 June 2018 Congress has allocated $380 million to help states with election security upgrades, but that is just a fraction of what would be needed to replace all paperless machines. Washington Post, "Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking," 17 May 2018 Operations - Plan and design for efficient court operations, incorporating modern technology and paperless file management. Karen Farkas,, "Cuyahoga County to pay $800,000 to consultant to study future of Justice Center," 8 Jan. 2018 In Kenya, for example, Safaricom in 2012 launched M-Shwari, a paperless bank account offered by the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) via M-PESA. The Economist, "Pocket bankingMobile financial services are cornering the market," 3 May 2018

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1966, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of paperless

: using computers instead of paper to record or exchange information

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