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Q&A: E-voting activist more optimistic about voting systems

July 8, 2008

Q&A: E-voting activist more optimistic about voting systems

Computerworld, July 3, 2008

There’s no doubt the Presidential election has been and will continue to be one of the big news stories of 2008 and technology is playing a bigger part in this election than any other. In this Computerworld article, reporter Todd R. Weiss interviews Aviel “Avi” Rubin, Johns Hopkins University computer science professor and author of the 2006 book Brave New Ballot: The Battle to Safeguard Democracy in the Age of Electronic Voting.

Rubin, who has been a noted e-voting critic for the past decade, states that e-voting technology is better now than previously because of the increased use of software-independent systems. Cryptography, Rubin says, is another important method helping to increase the security of e-voting processes.

“Cryptography is fancy math that can be used to test certain properties, like you can do encryption, you can do signatures and verification. And there are cryptographic techniques that can be used to achieve software independence so that even if there’s a bug in the software, you’ll detect if there’s a problem.”

Of course security is of paramount concern for e-voting and it will be interesting to see what new advances are made in this area to help voters become comfortable with electronic systems.

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