[act-ma] 10/16 "Security in Voting Systems" Ron Rivest (Thurs)

James in Cambridge tompaine at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 13 20:42:12 PDT 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008 
Security in Voting Systems
Speaker: Professor Ronald L. Rivest, MIT CSAIL
Time: 7:00p–9:00p 
Location: 32-123 
While running an election sounds simple, it is in fact extremely challenging. Not only are there millions of voters to be authenticated and millions of votes to be carefully collected, counted, and stored, there are now millions of "voting machines" containing millions of lines of code to be evaluated for security vulnerabilities. Moreover, voting systems have a unique requirement: the voter must not be given a "receipt" that would allow them to prove how they voted to someone else---otherwise the voter could be coerced or bribed into voting a certain way. This lack of receipts makes the design of secure voting system much more challenging than, say, the security of banking systems (where receipts are the norm). We discuss some of the recent trends and innovations in voting systems, as well as some of the new requirements being placed upon voting systems in the U.S., and describe some promising directions for resolving the conflicts inherent in voting system requirements, including some approaches based on cryptography.

Web site: http://ewh.ieee.org/r1/boston/computer/rivesttlk.html

Open to: the general public 
Sponsor(s): ACM & IEEE/CS
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