Zoom Link for the Session on Model Code of Conduct Date: 7th May 2022, Saturday Time: 4PM IST Zoom Link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82643692558?pwd=YU5qQURJZGp4TC85YkthcDdtMmtsUT09 YouTube Livestream Link: htt… more
In recent years, electoral processes, results and integrity of the results have been the focus of heated discussions. Alongside this, there have been continuous collaborative efforts to determine the security of the technology along with impact on rights, privacy and data governance. The various reports around the prototyping of blockchain based technology to be used for elections in India provide a perfect opportunity to examine the topic and acquire sufficient insights.
Many countries are exploring and experimenting a set of different approaches to enable more streamlined voting that is secure, efficient and auditable. As part of the conference, we will discuss some of the following topics:
- Challenges in transitioning traditional and established voting processes to more digital and auditable models.
- Examining the approaches and experiments underway (in other countries) to better understand technical, social and rights centric challenges.
- How to examine and evaluate the various technology choices being made specific to electoral processes.
- A framework with which to examine technology choices and policy decisions.
- Knowledge about the key challenges being addressed by various countries, researchers and governing bodies as they seek to make the transition to digital technologies.
A topic of this nature is designed to appeal to the widest cross section of the audience, including:
- Researchers and practitioners at the intersection of technology, rights and data.
- Cybersecurity and data security practitioners and experts.
- Policy designers who are engaged in developing the guidelines for the transition.
- Organization leaders who have elections on a smaller scale as part of the governance processes, and seek to examine new approaches.
- Journalists and columnists who write about current affairs and politics.
This list is indicative, and not exhaustive:
- Experts undertaking research and development on voting related technologies.
- Academic researchers examining the impact of technology interventions in electoral processes.
- Cybersecurity researchers and experts.
- Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
- Dr. Syed Taha Ali, teacher at NUST; information security practitioner.
- Maansi Varma and Praavita of Article 21 Trust
Contact details: For information about speaking and participation, leave a comment on Comments Page. The organizing team will get back to you.
Citizens' Commission on Elections (CCE) report and analysis of voting systems in India
The Citizens’ Commission on Elections (CCE) was set up in March 2020 to critically analyse India’s electoral processes in accordance with democracy principles. We present here an analysis of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system, based on the first volume of the Commission’s report [Lokur et al., 2021]. The main recommendations of the report are a) modify the current design of the VVPAT system to make it truly ‘voter verified’ and b) move away from certification of election equipment to end-to-end verifiability of the election outcome, which requires a well-defined audit process of manual counting of a statistically significant sample of the VVPAT slips.