Re: Fwd: UC Berkeley part of NSF-funded center to study e-voting

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Mon Aug 15 2005 - 16:39:41 CDT

Hooray! -- The next trick will be to get the various
ROV's to pay attention.

Congrats, Ed Kennedy

--- Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall@gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry I had to keep rather quiet about this until we
> all issued press
> releases today. best, Joe
>
> Note: PIs include Avi Rubin (JHU), Doug Jones
> (Iowa), Dan Wallach
> (Rice), Mike Byrne (Rice), Drew Dean (SRI), Peter
> Neumann (SRI), David
> Dill (Stanford), Drew Dean (Stanford), David Wagner
> (Berkeley) and
> Deirdre Mulligan (Berkeley)... the other
> institutions all have press
> releases with quotes from their PIs, I believe.
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Media Relations
> Date: Aug 15, 2005 12:41 PM
> Subject: UC Berkeley part of NSF-funded center to
> study e-voting
>
>
> 8/15/05 - File #17011
> Contact: Sarah Yang
> (510) 643-7741
> scyang@berkeley.edu
>
> UC Berkeley part of new
> NSF-funded center to
> study electronic voting
>
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
>
> Berkeley -- Researchers at the University of
> California, Berkeley, will
> join colleagues at five institutions nationwide in a
> bold, new effort to
> improve the reliability and trustworthiness of
> electronic voting technology.
>
> The National Science Foundation today (Monday, Aug.
> 15) announced that it
> will provide $7.5 million over five years for the
> new endeavor called A
> Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and
> Transparent Elections
> (ACCURATE). UC Berkeley is expected to receive
> approximately $1.3 million
> of the funds.
>
> The new center, led by Johns Hopkins University,
> will bring together
> experts in computer science, law and usability in an
> interdisciplinary
> effort to improve the nation's voting systems. Avi
> Rubin, professor of
> computer science and technical director of the
> Information Security
> Institute at Johns Hopkins, will be principal
> investigator of the new
> center, the first large research effort into robust
> electronic voting systems.
>
> In addition to UC Berkeley and Johns Hopkins, other
> participating
> institutions are Rice University, Stanford
> University, the University of
> Iowa and SRI International.
>
> The center's researchers will investigate methods of
> mitigating known
> problems with existing voting technologies - for
> example, adding a
> voter-verified paper trail and cryptographic voting
> methods to aid audits -
> as well as explore new solutions with computerized
> voting systems.
>
> "We'll look into ways of making the innards of the
> machine more
> trustworthy," said David Wagner, UC Berkeley
> assistant professor of
> computer sciences and co-principal investigator of
> the center. "This could
> range from building software that would make it hard
> for somebody to insert
> malicious logic without detection to building
> machines that include
> components from multiple vendors so the system can
> cross check itself."
>
> "The 2000 presidential election and ensuing legal
> challenges were a stark
> reminder that the machinery of democracy matters,"
> said Deirdre K.
> Mulligan, UC Berkeley law professor, director of the
> Samuelson Law,
> Technology and Public Policy Clinic, and a
> co-principal investigator of the
> center. "Legal and policy concerns must be taken
> into consideration during
> the research and design process to ensure that the
> next generation of
> voting systems reflects our democratic commitments
> to equality,
> accessibility, privacy and security."
>
> The researchers will put the voting systems they
> study through an
> aggressive battery of attacks, seeking flaws so they
> can design
> countermeasures before the systems are tested in the
> field.
>
> The announcement comes as an increasing number of
> election officials
> nationwide are looking to electronic machines as
> alternatives to hanging
> chads and other outdated balloting methods.
> According to Election Data
> Services, the percentage of registered voters in the
> United States using
> electronic voting equipment jumped from 13 percent
> in 2000 to 29 percent in
> 2004.
>
> "Many of today's e-voting systems were rushed into
> production in response
> to the pressure to replace paper balloting after the
> controversial 2000
> presidential election," said Wagner. "It was done
> before the research
> community was able to lay the groundwork to ensure
> that these electronic
> systems wouldn't replace old problems with new
> ones."
>
> Concerns over the ability to verify votes cast
> electronically have led some
> states, including California, to mandate a paper
> trail when e-voting
> machines are used. However, in late July, e-voting
> machines manufactured by
> Diebold Election Systems were rejected by California
> election officials
> after mock election tests revealed an unacceptably
> high rate of screen
> freezes and paper jams.
>
> Questions also emerged after the 2004 presidential
> election with reports of
> problems with the use of computerized voting
> equipment. Few of the reported
> irregularities were significant enough to change the
> outcome of an
> election, but the cases further shook public trust
> in the devices.
>
> "Election laws and procedures have not kept pace
> with developments in
> voting technology," Mulligan added. "Recounts, for
> example, provide an
> essential check in paper ballot voting systems, but
> the electronic voting
> systems in use during the last several elections
> make meaningful recounts
> impossible because they do not maintain a stable,
> voter-verified, record of
> each vote. Public trust in elections requires voting
> systems worthy of trust."
>
> The researchers point out that the results from the
> center's studies may
> also be applied to online auctions and such fields
> as spyware prevention.
>
> "Fundamentally, improving elections systems is
> critical to maintaining the
> integrity of democracy itself," said Wagner.
>
> ###
>
> NOTE: To contact David Wagner, call (510) 642-2758,
> or e-mail
> daw@cs.berkeley.edu. Deirdre Mulligan can be reached
> at (510) 642-0499 or
> dmulligan@law.berkeley.edu.
>
>
>
> --
> Joseph Lorenzo Hall
> UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
> <http://josephhall.org/>
>
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