Re: Joint paper for WPES 2004

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Sun Jun 06 2004 - 11:27:35 CDT

On Jun 6, 2004, at 9:40 AM, David Mertz wrote:

> We're looking for < 15 pages, right? The outline seems reasonable for
> that, just checking for how much detail a given thing covers.
>
>> 1. Introduction - Why a secret ballot? [< 1 page?]
        Look up what John Stuart Mill had to say on the subject, in
        On Liberty. He was against secret ballots.
        Look up the Secret Ballot Act of 1872, in England.
>
>> 2. Secret Ballot Requirements [<1 page?]
>> FEC rules/Timing of ballots kept/Contents of ballots kept/not linked

        Secret ballots are a matter of state law, so citing
        sample state laws makes sense. (One state in the US
        still allows voters to make non-secret votes, if
        they wish! I think it's an Appalacian state, but
        I forget which.)

>> 3. How Secrecy Could Be Compromised [2-3 pages?]
> ++ Introduce concept of covert channel
>> Recording clickstreams, sequence of voter information, timestamp of
>> voter information (EBI timestamped in file system or database).
>> Voter check-in system linked to registration data
>> Does smart card given at voter check-in contain any personally
>> identifying data?
> ++ At conference, Avi Rubin mentioned a Tempest attack. OVC doesn't
> solve this, but paper should probably make a mention.

        In general, video display on CRT is far harder to
        secure against Tempest than flat screens. The CRT
        tends to radiate a base-band video signal that's
        easy to pick up and decode. Someone needs to look
        up what flat screens radiate.

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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