In a couple of weeks, I’ll be in Israel at a voting workshop organized by Ran Canetti, Alon Rosen, Ronitt Rubinfeld, and Assaf Jacob. I’ll be giving a talk on voting security and a second talk on Helios. The workshop will be free and open to the public, and it should be an interesting mix of technologists, economists, social and political scientists. I hear some important Israeli government folks will be in attendance, too. There’s a real opportunity in a small centralized country like Israel, to enact reform and make use of advanced technology more quickly than in the US, so I’m really looking forward to the discussions.
And, in other voting news, the Scantegrity team recently announced another important milestone in open-audit voting with a mock election in preparation for a potential Scantegrity-based city council election in November. This would mark the first time that an open-audit voting system is used in a governmental election in the US (maybe in the world?) and that’s exciting.