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David Dill
The Battle for Accountable Voting Systems


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Speakers: David Dill, Scott Hochberg, Adina Levin, Bob Stein, Bill Stotesbery, Moshe Varde, Dan Wallach
Location: Duncan Hall, Rice University
Date: February 25, 2004
Topic: The Battle for Accountable Voting Systems
Format: Speech
Length: 101 minutes
Abstract: Democracy rests on the public accepting the results of elections. But why should they? In general, trustworthiness stems from accountability. The ability to independently check the performance of a person, institution, or system allows errors to be caught and corrected, and, more importantly, deters errors.
Touch-screen voting machines store records of cast votes in internal memory, where the voter cannot check them. Because of our system of secret ballots, once the voter leaves the polling place there is no way anyone can determine whether the vote captured was what the voter intended. This system lacks accountability.
David Dill is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University and the author of a "Resolution on Electronic Voting" advocating that every voting system should have a voter-verifiable audit trail. In this talk he discusses some principles, the basic technical issues with electronic voting, and some of the controversy surrounding the topic.
A panel discussion by a group of experts follows the talk. This is the inaugural event in Rice Univerity's Technology, Society and Public Policy Lecture Series.
Links: Event announcement
David Dill
Resolution on Electronic Voting
Webcast: The Risks of Electronic Voting (September 16, 2004)
Computer and Information Technology Institute


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