Can e-voting increase electoral participation?

STOA Workshop at the European Parliament, Brussels, 17 March 2011, 9-13 hrs, room A1G – 3.

In view of the low participation rates at elections of the European Parliament, voting over the Internet(e-voting) is suggested as one possibility to involve more Europeans in the political and electoral process.E-voting is seen as an especially promising way to motivate younger voters to participate in the elections,because they are already familiar with using the Internet daily for many reasons. Voting could be done inbetweenwatching YouTube videos and blogging on Facebook, so the argument goes.However, voting is at the heart of the democratic process and elections not only have to fulfill specialrequirements like transparency, q p y, security, and anonymity, but also have a special symbolic meaning. E-votingis not the same as e-business. Some critics even dismiss the idea of e-voting altogether, for technicalreasons and also on principle. In the workshop the chances and risks of e-voting will be discussed.


  • 9.00 Registration
  • 9.30 Welcome address by Vice President of the European Parliament Dr. Silvana Koch-Mehrin
    Introduction and Presentation of STOA-project by Dr. Bernd Beckert, Fraunhofer ISI
  • 9.45 Session 1: Technical and general issues of e-voting
    Prof. Rüdiger Grimm, University of Koblenz, IT Risk Management.
    Dr. Barbara Simons, IT security expert, formerly IBM Research, USA.
    Prof. Peter Purgathofer, Vienna University of Technology, Faculty of Informatics.
  • 10.30 Inquiry by Members of Parliament and discussion
  • 11.00 Coffee Break
  • 11.30 Session 2: European perspective of e-voting
    Prof. Alexander Prosser, University of Economics and Business Administration Vienna.
    Dr. Anne-Marie Oostveen, University of Oxford, Oxford Internet Institute.
    Susanne Caarls, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, Programme Advisor.
  • 12.15 Inquiry by Members of Parliament and discussion
  • 13.00 End of workshop after closing remarks by Dr. Bernd Beckert, Fraunhofer ISI

The workshop is free of charge, but you need to register in order to be able to enter the European Parliament. Toregister please send an e-mail to until 6 March 2011 indicating your name,date of birth, nationality and city of residence.

Further information: Dr. Jarka Chloupkova, tel. +32 28 28 40606; Dr. Bernd Beckert, tel. +49 721 6809 171.

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