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Helios Verification: To Alleviate, or to Nominate: Is That The Question, Or Shall We Have Both?

Neumann, Stephan and Olembo, Maina and Renaud, Karen and Volkamer, Melanie
Kö, Andrea and Francesconi, Enrico (eds.) :

Helios Verification: To Alleviate, or to Nominate: Is That The Question, Or Shall We Have Both?
In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science , 8650 . Springer
[Conference or Workshop Item] , (2014)

Abstract

Helios is an end-to-end verifiable remote electronic voting system which has been used for elections in academic contexts. It allows voters to verify that their vote was cast, and included in the final tally, as intended. User studies have shown that voters are unlikely to perform this verification, probably due to the effortful and cumbersome manual steps that are required by the system. To address this challenge, we propose, in this paper, two improvements: the first is to ameliorate the cumbersome nature of the verification process as much as possible. We offer two suggestions for doing this. To accommodate voters who have no interest in verifying, we propose a further improvement: delegation. This will allow voters to nominate a trusted third party to perform the verification on their behalf as and when they cast their vote. Hence no extra effort is required, and we can exploit existing trust in public institutions to provide voters with the assurance that the voting process is indeed honest and above board. In addition to providing end-to-end verifiability in a less effortful manner, we provide verifiability as well, for voters who do not wish to verify their own votes.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Erschienen: 2014
Editors: Kö, Andrea and Francesconi, Enrico
Creators: Neumann, Stephan and Olembo, Maina and Renaud, Karen and Volkamer, Melanie
Title: Helios Verification: To Alleviate, or to Nominate: Is That The Question, Or Shall We Have Both?
Language: English
Abstract:

Helios is an end-to-end verifiable remote electronic voting system which has been used for elections in academic contexts. It allows voters to verify that their vote was cast, and included in the final tally, as intended. User studies have shown that voters are unlikely to perform this verification, probably due to the effortful and cumbersome manual steps that are required by the system. To address this challenge, we propose, in this paper, two improvements: the first is to ameliorate the cumbersome nature of the verification process as much as possible. We offer two suggestions for doing this. To accommodate voters who have no interest in verifying, we propose a further improvement: delegation. This will allow voters to nominate a trusted third party to perform the verification on their behalf as and when they cast their vote. Hence no extra effort is required, and we can exploit existing trust in public institutions to provide voters with the assurance that the voting process is indeed honest and above board. In addition to providing end-to-end verifiability in a less effortful manner, we provide verifiability as well, for voters who do not wish to verify their own votes.

Title of Book: 3rd International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective
Series Name: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume: 8650
Publisher: Springer
Uncontrolled Keywords: Security, Usability and Society;Secure Data
Divisions: LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > CASED – Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt
Department of Computer Science > SECUSO - Security, Usability and Society
Department of Computer Science > Theoretical Computer Science - Cryptography and Computer Algebra
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren
Department of Computer Science
Profile Areas
LOEWE
Event Location: München
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2016 18:35
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2014-0104
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