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An introduction to electronic elections

Carsten Heinz ( RWTH Aachen )

Thursday 09 February 2006, 13.00 sharp (s.t.), b-it 1.25 (cosec meeting room)


The presentation gives a brief introduction to current cryptographic voting protocols. First the steps of a traditional election are explained in order to provide a better understanding of the requirements for an electronic one. Two voting protocols are outlined in detail and their limitations, risks and fields of application are explained. In the end a summary of an analysis of a voting machine developed by the company Diebold is given. In addition some social and juristic aspects of voting are also discussed.

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