"Transparent and verifiable electronic elections are technically
feasible, but for a variety of reasons, the techniques used are not
actually viable for running most elections—and definitely not for remote
voting. That was one of the main takeaways from a keynote at this year's
linux.conf.au given by University of Melbourne Associate Professor
Vanessa Teague. She is a cryptographer who, along with her colleagues,
has investigated several kinds of e-voting software; as is probably not
all that much of a surprise, what they found is buggy implementations.
She described some of that work in a talk that was a mix of math with
software-company and government missteps; the latter may directly impact
many of the Australian locals who were in attendance."
I saw this talk in person. An important discussion. We need to demand
better election laws if we don’t want everything just handed over to
large international software companies with a pat on the head and a
“don’t worry your little heads about it” for the public.
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics