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IAVoSS Workshop On Trustworthy Elections (WOTE 2007)

University of Ottawa
Ottawa, CANADA

June 20 - June 21, 2007

Held in conjunction with
7th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
June 20 - June 22, 2007

The Workshop on Trustworthy Elections is organized by IAVoSS, the International Association for Voting Systems Sciences, in association with the 7th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies. It follows in the tradition of the series of workshops devoted to cryptographic voting methods, such as WOTE '01, the DIMACS Workshop 2004, FEE 2005, the NeSC Workshop on e-voting and e-democracy, and WOTE 2006.

Scope and Objectives

Democracy and voting systems have received considerable attention of late, with the validity of many elections around the world being called into question. The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss promising technologies and schemes to achieve high assurance of accuracy and privacy in the casting and counting of votes.

The challenge is highly socio-technical in nature and requires an understanding of the technological approaches as well as an appreciation of their social, legal, and political impact. The workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry as well policy makers, voting officials, and others whose work relates to electronic voting systems, to evaluate the state of the art, to share practical experiences, and to look for possible enhancements. The overall goal is to stimulate discourse between the various stakeholders and enhance the understanding of voting technologies and practices.

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Election integrity
  • Ballot integrity
  • Ballot secrecy
  • Voter anonymity
  • Voter authentication
  • Receipts and coercion resistance
  • Anonymous channels
  • Secure bulletin boards
  • Threat models
  • Formal security analysis
  • Registration systems
  • Electoral systems
  • Performance evaluation and rating
  • Case studies of electronic voting experiments
  • Usability of voting systems
  • Accessibility of voting
  • Effects of voting technology on voter behavior
  • Privacy, verifiability, and transparency in e-voting
  • The role of e-voting within e-democracy
  • The relation between e-voting and models of democracy
  • Philosophical, ethical, and legal aspects
  • E-voting, human rights, and the digital divide
  • History of voting technology
  • Public acceptability

Format

The workshop will consist of invited keynote presentations and contributed presentations. Panel discussions are also anticipated and submissions of suitable topics, with or without a moderator or example participants are welcome. Accepted papers, abstracts and panel proposals will appear online.

A separate category of presentations, Informal Communications, encourages preliminary ideas or status updates and requires only a short summary be submitted that may even relate to submissions to other conferences.

Although WOTE 2007 will not have a formal proceedings, a volume of select extended abstracts from WOTE 2007 and prior WOTE meetings will be compiled for publication by Springer-Verlag.

WOTE Chairs

WOTE 2007 Program/General Chair

Proceedings Editor

Program Committee