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.
State's adoption of intrusive technology and threats to democracy - A talk by Seema Chishti
Surveillance and the adoption of intrusive technology by the state must matter much more to common citizens than it does. In the matter of Pegasus, there is perhaps no other country where such a wide cast of characters and people central to keeping democracy alive are alleged to have been surveilled. There is now a court-nominated committee to look into the allegations. But there should be much more attention and alarm over the state using cyber-weapons on its people. I will elaborate on how and why this has the potential to upend democracy and lays the framework for a bigger surrender as citizens to a much more powerful tech-powered state in the near future.