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End-to-end verifiable cryptographic voting schemes

Vanessa Teague (Department of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne)


DATE: 2013-11-26
TIME: 14:00:00 - 15:00:00
LOCATION: Engineering Lecture Theatre
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End-to-end verifiable cryptographic voting schemes have been amusing cryptographers for years, but are just beginning to be efficient enough for practice. A joint project between the Victorian Electoral Commission and the Universities of Surrey, Luxembourg and Melbourne is bringing e2e to the 2014 Victorian state election. This is an electronically-assisted attendance voting scheme. Voters who use the new system will be able to verify that their encrypted vote matches their intentions without being able to prove to anyone how they voted. Furthermore, everyone will be able to check that all the electronic votes are properly mixed and decrypted. Find out how in this talk.

Keen students who would like to write their own verification app are welcome to talk to me afterwards.
Vanessa Teague is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, specialising in cryptographic protocols for electronic elections. She divides her time between thinking of new verifiable electronic voting protocols, understanding and analysing old ones, and explaining why unverifiable electronic voting is a bad idea.

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