One Vote Annual Conference

A conference on technological interventions in elections

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Context

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:

  1. Challenges in transitioning traditional and established voting processes to more digital and auditable models.
  2. Examining the approaches and experiments underway (in other countries) to better understand technical, social and rights centric challenges.
  3. How to examine and evaluate the various technology choices being made specific to electoral processes.

Key takeaways for participants

  1. A framework with which to examine technology choices and policy decisions.
  2. Knowledge about the key challenges being addressed by various countries, researchers and governing bodies as they seek to make the transition to digital technologies.

Who should participate

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.

Who should speak at the conference

This list is indicative, and not exhaustive:

  1. Experts undertaking research and development on voting related technologies.
  2. Academic researchers examining the impact of technology interventions in electoral processes.
  3. Cybersecurity researchers and experts.
  4. Policymakers.

About the conference curators

  1. Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay
  2. Dr. Syed Taha Ali, teacher at NUST; information security practitioner.
  3. 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.

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One Vote is an initiative to examine a diverse set of inputs and perspectives regarding the introduction and evolution of technology as part of the elections. We use public discourse, deliberations and reports to raise awareness about this topic for a lay audience. One Vote is designed to enable cr… more

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Article 21 Trust endeavours to work on issues at the intersection of technlogy and welfare. Some of the issues we have worked on include Aadhaar related concerns, data protection, non personal data governance, technology and justice, One Nation One Ration etc. more
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We are a non-partisan campaign of citizens, scholars, activists, technologists and lawyers concerned about the Unique Identification or Aadhaar project and its impact on our rights and freedoms. Through public campaigns, research, and public engagement, we critically engage with the use of technolo… more

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Usha R

Databasing voters and concerns on privacy of voters.

Submitted Dec 21, 2021

Data and databases can be considered a ‘community resource’. The job of the election commission is not just to conduct periodic elections, but also to keep it free and fair. If the secret ballot is no longer secret, or if people even feel it is not secret and safe, it is no longer free or fair. Importantly, when these institutions of state allow themselves to be hijacked for purposes other than that for which they have been set up - like the RGI did with the Census and the NPR - then they are not just going way beyond the statute that set them up; but they are morphing into something else. A 2012 policy on data sharing says that the data about people that any department holds becomes its `property’. This is appropriation of that which is not theirs. This is where the ECI is headed.

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