Internet Voting - From bad idea to poor execution

Presented at Kawaiicon (2019), Oct. 17, 2019, 1:45 p.m. (30 minutes)

Internet Voting continues to be pushed as the future of voting despite it continuing to be a bad idea. This talk will highlight some of the conceptual challenges and additional risks that Internet Voting brings. By looking at examples of Internet Voting that have been deployed we can see a pattern of poor decision making and skewed priorities. The talk will discuss deployments of iVote in Western Australia and New South Wales - in particular on their usage of TLS Proxies to provide DDoS protection and the impact that has on the security and trust of the system. More broadly the talk will look at the lack of transparency, and how what little transparency there is raises even more concerns about the integrity of the voting systems.

Presenters:

  • Chris Culnane
    Dr Chris Culnane is a Lecturer of Cybersecurity and Privacy in the School of Computing and Information Systems, and Deputy Chair of the Cybersecurity and Democracy Network, at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include verifiable electronic voting, secure data linkage, and data privacy. He led the design and development of the open source end-to-end verifiable electronic voting system used as part of the 2014 Victorian State Election. In the past few years his research has focused on privacy and in particular re-identification of open data releases, including the 2016 public release of a 10% sample of the Australian populations Medical and Pharmaceutical Benefits Schedule billing records, and in 2018 the Myki release of 3 years worth of Victorian smart ticketing data.

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