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.
David Bismark talks about E-Voting without fraud.
Elections are the most important part of vital democracies, but elections that are 100 % correct and transparent are difficult to realise. David Bismark briefly explains a transparent voting system…
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After a hailstorm, the official reception in downtown Bregenz (hosted by the Regional Government of Vorarlberg) and spending a good time in probably one of the smallest pubs in Bregenz the second day of the evote2010 started with the topic operation and evaluation of e-voting systems.
Carl Markus Piswanger: Operational Issues of a High Security Computation Centre
E-voting has been one of the most challenging projects ever within the Austrian Federal Computer Centre, basically due to security reasons and new dynamic processes. Some key figures of the BRZ-Operations were over 800 servers, over 320 implementations and over 1500 network devices. Throughout the project 7 % of the total stuff were involved.
The 4th international conference on e-voting just started. Taking place in Castle Hofen, a small castle near Bregenz, This year’s meeting is co-organized by E-Voting.CC, the Council of Europe and the German Gesellschaft für Informatik. Around 70 international experts will discuss the latest developments in e-voting. The topics range from practical experience reports to certification and end-to-end verification.
The official hashtag for the conference is #evote2010.
After the welcome speech of chairman Robert Krimmer and a big thank you to the sponsors and partners Michael Remmert gave an overview of the activities of the organisers and yesterdays workshop (on a draft on international guidelines on e-voting and transparency of e-voting systems. The Council of Europe has taken notice of the topic e-voting, e.g. with the Comittee of Ministers on e-democracy. Since 2005 a lot has been achieved and there are a number of tools that can be used. However, in the upcoming years the Council will change its focus and concentrate more on the governance of the internet following democratic principles.