'How To Tell If Online Voting Systems Are Good For Democracy' by Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay for The Bastion Based on the interim report, Sankarshan Mukhopadhyay has written an article for The Bastion on the framework for evaluating technological interventions in th… 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.
Designing Electronic Voting Systems
Electronic voting is increasingly getting traction in many countries
worldwide. Evidently, designing and implementing electronic voting
systems is not a straightforward exercise. This talk will touch upon
the key invariants that one must bear in mind while crafting reliable
and secure electronic voting systems. I will also discuss some
fundamental technological issues surrounding remote electronic voting
over the internet and whether or not it is desirable. Finally, I will
present the importance of electoral rolls and a technological solution
to preserve their integrity.