A Talk on the History of Cryptographic Voting

I’m giving a talk at Harvard CRCS, my new home, about the history of secure voting using cryptography. Here’s the full announcement:

CRCS Privacy & Security Lunch Seminar

Speaker: Ben Adida, Harvard CRCS
Date: Wednesday, 27 September
Time: 12-1:30 (lunch provided)
Place: Maxwell Dworkin 119 (one floor above ground level)

Title: A Brief History of Secure Voting

Abstract:
Secret-ballot elections present a particularly fascinating design
challenge: Alice would like assurance that her vote “made it” into the
tally, yet she must be kept safe from undue influence. Interestingly, this means that Alice’s ballot must remain secret, even against her will. No common election technique, not even hand-counted paper ballots, successfully reconciles these two requirements. Typically, in order to achieve ballot secrecy, Alice loses the ability to directly verify the election. She must trust elections officials to preserve and count the ballots.

In this talk, we discuss the history of cryptographic voting, the only known way to truly reconcile direct verifiability and ballot secrecy. We review techniques for incoercible ballot casting and verifiable ballot
anonymization. We also consider the latest paper-based cryptographic voting techniques, whose simplicity is particularly promising in educating the public about the power of cryptographic voting.

UPDATE: slight change in location for the talk (though there will be signs from the old location)

CRCS Privacy & Security Lunch Seminar

Speaker: Ben Adida, Harvard CRCS
Date: Wednesday, 27 September
Time: 12-1:30 (lunch provided)
Place: Maxwell Dworkin, 2nd floor lounge (two flights up from ground level)

Title: A Brief History of Secure Voting

7 thoughts on “A Talk on the History of Cryptographic Voting

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  2. Where is the video podcast located? :=)
    Oh well, I’ll just read the paper :()

    Joe:
    Being on the other side of the atlantic doesn’t help either. Even if my country is tiny (Denmark)

  3. Where is the video podcast located? :=)
    Oh well, I’ll just read the paper :()

    Joe:
    Being on the other side of the atlantic doesn’t help either. Even if my country is tiny (Denmark)

  4. Three of us from the Wellesley CS department were there. Unanimously, we found Ben to be clear, rehearsed and effective presentation (sadly, we did not understand part of Neff’s Incoercability ZK protocol: How and at which point in the protocol does Alice check that her vote is recorded correctly? )- one of the most comprehensible expositions I have attended. Great job!

  5. Three of us from the Wellesley CS department were there. Unanimously, we found Ben to be clear, rehearsed and effective presentation (sadly, we did not understand part of Neff’s Incoercability ZK protocol: How and at which point in the protocol does Alice check that her vote is recorded correctly? )- one of the most comprehensible expositions I have attended. Great job!

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