Colloquia: Dan Wallach/Rice University Electronic Voting: Risks and Research in ACES 6.304

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Date: 
Sep 11, 2006 12:00pm - 1:00pm


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Speaker Nam

e/Affiliation: Dan Wallach/Rice University

Date/Time: Monday Septem

ber 11 2006 at 12:00 p.m.

Location: ACES 6.304

Host: Dr. Mik

e Dahlin CIAS & Freescale Inc.

Talk Title: Electronic Voting: Risk

s and Research

Talk Abstract:
Hanging chads among other issu

es with traditional voting systems have sparked great interest in managing
the election process through the use of newer electronic voting systems. W

hile computer scientists for the most part have been warning of the peril

s of such action vendors have forged ahead with their products claiming i

ncreased security reliability and accuracy. Many municipalities have ado

pted electronic systems and the number of deployed systems is rising. To t

he limited extent that independent security analyses have been published t

he results have raised serious reservations about the quality of these syst

ems to resist attacks. This talk will describe problems we and other resea

rchers have discovered and will consider the limitations of the certificati

on processes that should have guaranteed some quality control. These issue

s in turn give rise to a variety of interesting research problems that sp

an computer science human factors and public policy. In this talk we wi

ll consider how both established and open research in software engineering
distributed systems and cryptography can and should impact the next gener

ation of voting systems.

Speaker Bio:
Dan Wallach is an assoc

iate professor in the Department of
Computer Science at Rice University

in Houston Texas and is
the associate director of NSF''s ACCURATE (A Ce

nter for Correct
Usable Reliable Auditable and Transparent Elections)

. A
collaborative project involving six institutions ACCURATE is
in

vestigating software architectures tamper-resistant
hardware cryptogra

phic protocols and verification systems as
applied to electronic voting

systems. Wallach earned his
bachelor''s at the University of California

at Berkeley and his
PhD at Princeton University. His research involves c

omputer
security and the issues of building secure and robust softwaresystems for the Internet. Wallach has testified about voting
security
issues before government bodies in the U.S. Mexico
and the European U

nion.