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

Neumann, Stephan ; Olembo, Maina ; Renaud, Karen ; Volkamer, Melanie
eds.: Kö, Andrea ; Francesconi, Enrico (2014)
Helios Verification: To Alleviate, or to Nominate: Is That The Question, Or Shall We Have Both?
München
Conference or Workshop Item, Bibliographie

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 ; Francesconi, Enrico
Creators: Neumann, Stephan ; Olembo, Maina ; Renaud, Karen ; Volkamer, Melanie
Type of entry: Bibliographie
Title: Helios Verification: To Alleviate, or to Nominate: Is That The Question, Or Shall We Have Both?
Language: English
Date: September 2014
Publisher: Springer
Book Title: 3rd International Conference on Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective
Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Series Volume: 8650
Event Location: München
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.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Security, Usability and Society;Secure Data
Identification Number: TUD-CS-2014-0104
Divisions: LOEWE > LOEWE-Zentren > CASED – Center for Advanced Security Research Darmstadt
20 Department of Computer Science > SECUSO - Security, Usability and Society
20 Department of Computer Science > Theoretical Computer Science - Cryptography and Computer Algebra
Profile Areas > Cybersecurity (CYSEC)
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