Re: Barcode Redux

From: Jan Karrman <jan_at_it_dot_uu_dot_se>
Date: Sat Jun 05 2004 - 03:18:36 CDT

On Fri, 4 Jun 2004, Arthur Keller wrote:

> At 9:24 PM +0200 6/4/04, Jan Karrman wrote:
> >
> >I believe the cryptographic signatures, suggested to be included on
> >the ballots, will be more difficult to convince to the voters as not
> >containing hidden personal information.
>
> And if you use OCR, you'll need gibberish text representing the
> digital signature. Is that a reason to dump digital signatures, or
> to relax the "perception of covert channel" constraint? The average
> person won't care about covert channels unless DRE vendors bring it
> out, and they are even more vulnerable to the same challenge. We
> must publish the content of the bar code, if only to allow 3rd party
> verifiers and tabulators.
>

I think we need digital signatures. I just wanted to point out that
removing the barcode wouldn't be enough to convince voters that
secret information about them isn't hidden in the ballot.

/Jan
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