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Putting the Human back in Voting Protocols

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Peter Ryan, Thea Peacock



Cryptographic voting schemes strive to provide high assurance of accuracy and secrecy with minimal trust assumptions, in particular, avoiding the need to trust software, hardware, suppliers, officials etc. Ideally we would like to make a voting process as transparent as possible and so base out assurance purely on the vigilance of the electorate at large, via suitable cryptographic algorithms and protocols. However, it is important to recognize that election systems are above all socio-technical systems: they must be usable by the electorate at large. As a result, it may be necessary to trade-off technical perfection against simplicity and usability. We illustrate this tension via design decisions in the Pr\^{e}t \`{a} Voter scheme.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ryan PYA, Peacock T

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2006

Pages: 10

Print publication date: 01/06/2006

Source Publication Date: June 2006

Report Number: 972

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne