Sixth International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting
5 – 8 October 2021 ·
Bregenz, Austria Online
Given the still ongoing COVID pandemic, E-Vote-ID 2021 will also this year be held as an online conference only. COVID-19 has highlighted the question on how to deal with democracy during a pandemic. We consider that keeping the conference, albeit in digital format, is not only an academic responsibility, but also responds to the need for an active focus on electronic voting by facilitating high quality debates and responses.
General Chairs: Krimmer, Robert (University of Tartu, Estonia), Volkamer, Melanie (Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie, Germany), Duenas-Cid, David (Kozminski University, Poland and University of Tartu, Estonia)
This is the sixth edition of one of the leading international events for e-voting experts from all over the world, taking place in October 2021.
One of its major objectives is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary and open discussion of all issues relating to electronic voting. In the first 5 editions, up to 151 presentations had been discussed, gathering more than 500 participants. Given the current pandemic situation and the experience with 2020 edition, the conference will be organized in a virtual format.
The aim of the conference is to bring together e-voting specialists working in academia, politics, government and industry in order to discuss various aspects of all forms of electronic voting (including, but not limited to, polling stations, kiosks, ballot scanners and remote voting by electronic means) in the four following tracks below and a PhD colloquium:
TRACK ON SECURITY, USABILITY AND TECHNICAL ISSUES
Chairs: Kulyk, Oksana (IT University of Copenhaguen, Denmark) and Rønne, Peter (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg)
Design, analysis, formal modeling or research implementation of:
- Electronic voting protocols and systems;
- Voter identification and authentication;
- Ballot secrecy, receipt-freeness and coercion resistance;
- Election verification including end-to-end verifiability and risk limiting audits;
- Evaluation and certification, including international security standards, e.g. Common Criteria or ITSEC;
- Human aspects of security mechanisms in electronic voting and in particular of verifiability mechanisms;
- Or any other security and HCI issues relevant to electronic voting.
TRACK ON ADMINISTRATIVE, LEGAL, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUE
Chairs: Solvak, Mihkel (University of Tartu, Estonia) and Germann, Micha (University of Bath, United Kingdom)
- Discuss legal, political and social issues of electronic voting implementations, ideally employing case study methodology;
- Analyze the interrelationship with, and the effects of electronic voting on democratic institutions and processes;
- Assess the cultural impact of electronic voting on institutions, behaviours and attitudes of the Digital Era;
- Discuss the administrative, legal, political and social risks of electronic voting;
- How to draft electronic voting legislations;
- Public administrations and the implementation of electronic voting;
- Understandability, transparency, and trust issues in electronic voting;
- Data protection issues;
- Public interests vs. PPP (public private partnerships).
TRACK ON ELECTION AND PRACTICAL EXPERIENCES
Chairs: Martin-Rozumilowicz, Beata (International Foundation for Electoral Systems, USA) and Hofer, Thomas (Objectif Securité, Switzerland)
- Review developments in the area of applied electronic voting;
- Report on experiences with electronic voting or the preparation thereof (including reports on development and implementation, case law, court decisions, legislative steps, public and political debates, election outcomes, etc.);
Contributions in this track will be published in TUT press proceedings only. These experience and practical reports need not contain original research, but must be an accurate, complete and, where applicable, evidence-based account of the technology or system used. Submissions will be judged on quality of review and level of analysis, and the applicability of the results to other democracies.
TRACK ON POSTERS AND E-VOTING SYSTEM DEMO
Chair: Glondu, Stéphane (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Numérique, France)
We invite demonstrations of electronic voting systems, to be presented in an open session on Wednesday 6 October. Participation is open to all conference participants, but we request a Short Paper (two pages) by 15 September submitted via Easychair describing the system’s requirements and properties, such as:
- whether the system is intended for use in controlled (i.e. in polling stations) or uncontrolled environments (i.e. remotely via the Internet or in kiosks);
- which types of elections it accommodates;
- whether it addresses the needs of voters with disabilities;
- what sort of verifiability it provides;
- the extent to which it guarantees vote privacy;
- whether it has been deployed in a real election;
- where to go for more information.
Chairs: Krivonosova, Iuliia (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia), Zollinger, Marie Laure (University of Luxembourg)
The goal of the colloquium is to foster understanding and collaboration between PhD students from various disciplines working on e-voting. To this end, the program allows plenty of space for discussion and initiating collaboration based on presentations by attendees.
Each interested participant should submit his/her research proposal (or alternatively ideas for papers, open problems, or other issues where feedback from colleagues would be helpful etc.) on the shaper of a short paper (two pages length) using the conference platform.
Rønne, Peter (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Krivonosova, Iuliia (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
FORMAT OF THE CONFERENCE
Given the still ongoing COVID pandemic, we will unfortunately also not be able to meet in person in Bregenz this year. As last year, the format of E-Vote-ID 2021 will be a three-day online conference. The PhD Colloquium and Demo Session take place on the day before the formal conference begins. No parallel sessions will be held, and sufficient space will be given for informal communication.
All accepted papers will be published in the University of Tartu Press (UTP) proceedings. A selection of the best submissions will in addition be published in the Springer LNCS proceedings.
Submissions can be in three different formats:
- Full paper (max. 16 pages in LNCS format all-in). Full papers must contain original research.
- Work in progress (depends, usually 8-10000 words). Earlyfull papers contain original research which remains in progress but is almost final. If accepted, the authors are expected to condense the manuscript to a two-page summary (max. 2 pages in LNCS format all-in). This submission route enables authors to receive feedback on work in progress without pre-empting publication in a different venue (e.g., a journal).
- Short paper (max. 2 pages in LNCS format all-in). Short papers may contain original research. Summaries of previously published work are also considered. Short papers are not eligible for publication in the Springer LNCS proceedings.
All submissions will be subject to double-blind reviews.
Submissions must be anonymous (with no reference to the authors). Submissions are to be made using the EasyChair conference system at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=evoteid2021, which serves as the online system for the review process. During submission, please select the appropriate track or the PhD colloquium. The track chairs reserve the right to re-assign papers to other tracks in case of better fit based on reviewer feedback and in coordination with other track chairs. LNCS style has to be used (see the Springer guidelines at http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines, including templates for LaTeX and Microsoft Word).
If you think that one or more of the programme committee members could have a conflict of interest with your submission, please let the general chairs know at firstname.lastname@example.org. In turn, according settings in the EasyChair system will be set, so that the respective member/s is/are not involved in the review process.
KEY DATES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Deadline for submission of papers for the Track on Security, Usability and Technical Issues and the Track on Administrative, Legal, Political and Social Issues:
15 May 2021 – 23:59 (Hawaiian time, hard deadline, no extension)
Notification of Acceptance: 24 June 2021
Deadline for submission of papers for the Track on Election and Practical Experiences and the PhD Colloquium: 10 July 2021
Deadline for Camera-ready Paper Submissions: 24 July 2021
Deadline for Poster Submission and Short Papers for E-Voting System Demo Session: 15 September 2021
The conference proceedings will be available at the time of the conference. Full papers accepted for the tracks on security, usability, and technical issues, respective administrative, legal, political, and social issues will be published in Springer LNCS.
All other accepted publications, including full papers in the election experience track, accepted abstracts in any of the tracks, and from the submissions in the PhD colloquium will be published in proceedings with TalTech Press.
In case your academic host institution requires you to publish your research as open-access only, please contact the conference chairs for further information in which way it is intended to make accepted publications accessible.