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Examine the role of technology in elections

Examine the role of technology in elections

Call for evidence about risks and benefits of introducing blockchain in India's electoral systems

Call for evidence The call for evidence is open to civil society organizations, legal experts, political scientists, ethicists, interested citizens and public interest technologists on the following: History - what is the context of the electoral systems and the history of technology interventions … expand

Call for evidence

The call for evidence is open to civil society organizations, legal experts, political scientists, ethicists, interested citizens and public interest technologists on the following:

  • History - what is the context of the electoral systems and the history of technology interventions leading up to blockchain?

  • Design - what are the technical design decisions which SHOULD and MUST be made for security, authentication, identity binding, data processing and publication, redress and accessibility?

  • Law/regulations - what are the existing laws/regulations which apply to the implementation of a blockchain-based system for elections?

  • Ethics - what are the ethical trade-offs involved in adopting such an IT architecture?

  • Social impact - what are the potential societal impacts of implementing technical solutions with respect to discrimination, inequity and fairness?

  • State of the art - what are the existing approaches which are in the same field or similar domain?

  • Governance and democracy - will the concepts of governance and democracy change when such a system is adopted?

How to submit evidence

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What will we do with this evidence?

The public deliberations will be accompanied by a short report which summarizes the key points raised during the discussions. The evidence submitted will be used to inform the summaries. A report will be produced at the end of the project.

By participating in this Call for Evidence and submitting, unless otherwise stated, you are permitting us to publish the full text of your evidence alongside the reports with correct accreditation. Thus,

  • what you submit as evidence will be searchable and read by the audience/readership
  • your name and your organization’s name, will be published with your evidence, whereever referenced in the report

We do not commit to publishing everything that is submitted in response to this call for evidence. Any submissions which contain defamatory statements will not be published. If there are specific parts of the submission which should not be published, such parts should be specifically marked.

Ornit Shani

Voters Before Citizens: The Origins of India’s Electoral Democracy

How did a full electoral democracy based on universal adult franchise begin in India? Contrary to a common understanding, which has tended to see it as an inheritance of the British Raj, new archival materials reveal a different, and hitherto unknown story. The origin of India’s edifice of elections, through the preparation of the first electoral roll, was an ingeniously Indian enterprise. The tu… more
  • 1 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 29 Apr 2021
Submisson type: Master class

Subhashis Banerjee

On nuances of electronic voting

We will discuss various considerations for electronic voting and digital electoral rolls and their compliance with democracy principles. We will broadly cover some aspects of the recent reports of the Ctizens’ Commission on Elections (https://www.reclaimtherepublic.co/report) - mainly Volume I, but also some aspects from Volume II related to electoral rolls - and the references therein. In partic… more
  • 1 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 09 May 2021
Submisson type: Master class
sankarshan

sankarshan

Digital democracy and public trust

The faith and trust in public institutions is vital to the continuation of democracy. When choices around digital intervention are not accompanied by a publc consultation the resulting impact is far wider than is usually observed. Technology does not and cannot replace public trust. And when technology is indeed required - it has to be purpose specific, explainable and not undermine the confidenc… more
  • 0 comments
  • Confirmed
  • 08 Jun 2021
Submisson type: Master class

Kannan Gopinathan

Field Notes from Elections

What are the roles and processes in an Election? How is security maintained? What are the current set of issues which need to be considered to maintain the integrity of the electoral democracy? In the session we’ll discuss about these and other topics which have been the strength of the electoral process and how to examine any change in context of the citizen’s view of the elections. more
  • 1 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 13 May 2021
Submisson type: Master class

Tarangini Sriraman

Prints in the Sand of Time: The Construction of Uniqueness before Biometric Authentication

What is the story of constructing uniqueness in India prior to the arrival of biometric authentication, with all its hybrid predicates such as digital fingerprinting, iris, voice and facial recognition? Can this history be narrated merely by tracing sporadic moments spurred by new research and administrative interest in fingerprinting and anthropometry? Alongside these advances, it is critical th… more
  • 0 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 17 May 2021
Submisson type: Master class

Subhashis Banerjee

Publicly verifiable voting: a design sketch illustration

We will study the design sketch of a publicly verifiable and strongly software independent voting system as an illustrative example to better understand the issues involved in deploying such systems in large public elections (beyond academic computer science). We will discuss the pros and cons. more
  • 1 comments
  • Confirmed & scheduled
  • 13 May 2021
Submisson type: Master class
sankarshan

sankarshan

Additional reading material for project

List of reading materials (including links) relevant to the project more
  • 0 comments
  • Submitted
  • 18 May 2021
Submisson type: Evidence submission

Samir dayal singh

A truly democratic election process, fundamentals

everyone should be able to understand it everyone should agree to it more
  • 3 comments
  • Submitted
  • 22 May 2021
Submisson type: Panel discussion

Ashim Jain

A Bird's Eye View of Democracy

Exciting to know that you all are so caring for India that you are devoting so much time and resources! more
  • 11 comments
  • Submitted
  • 01 Jun 2021
Submisson type: Evidence submission

Amit Nambiar

A look a MakerDAO's decentralized governance system

MakerDAO is a decentralized governance community that enables the generation of Dai - a popular decentralized stablecoin. The community aims to keep the value of Dai as close to one United States dollar as possible through an automated system of smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. The owners of its governance token, MKR, vote on changes to certain parameters in its smart contracts in orde… more
  • 2 comments
  • Submitted
  • 19 May 2021
Submisson type: Evidence submission
sankarshan

sankarshan

ElectionTech project at Kaarana - May 2021 update

Discussions around new technologies and changes are often normalized based on the ubiquitous presence of the set of technology in other instances. Blockchain is a good example of such normalization - there is a perception that since it is being widely used to meet the requirements for a set of workflows, the introduction and adoption is possibly a given in another set of workflows. more
  • 0 comments
  • Submitted
  • 14 Jun 2021
Submisson type: Evidence submission

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