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Paper as the friend of secure eVoting?

3. November 2010 – 17:40 by Bengt Feil (TuTech Innovation GmbH)

In July 2010 David Bismark presented an innovative eVoting approach at the TED conference. This approach does not get rid of voting booths or ballots but improves on the efficiency, transparency and accountability of the voting process.

The general idea is to encrypt the vote by separating the list of options from the actual vote and adding a unique identifier to each ballot. Even being critical of eVoting myself, I think the idea is pretty clever and well described in the 7 min TED talk:

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  1. 3 Responses to “Paper as the friend of secure eVoting?”

  2. By John Heaven (TuTech Innovation GmbH) on Nov 3, 2010

    Hmmm, am not sure this is much more secure than any other form of eVoting. Once it’s in the computer, it’s a matter of trust that the information that comes out is correct (as with an offline process). Your receipt may look the same as your ballot paper that is stored online, but do you trust that the right reference number has been used?

  3. By Bengt Feil on Nov 3, 2010

    Well that´s a general problem with any voting system (e or not e).
    But at least this approach addresses the problem of the secret vote in a clever and elegant way.

  4. By John Heaven (TuTech Innovation GmbH) on Nov 4, 2010

    Agreed, this is more about protecting secrecy than security.

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