Programme 2021

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021 

All times in CEST (Berlin/Brussels, GMT+2).

14.30 Opening of the Conference – Robert Krimmer, Melanie Volkamer and David Duenas-Cid

15.00 – 15.45 Keynote Speech

  • Matthew Masterson (Non Resident Policy Fellow, Stanford Internet Observatory)

16.00 – 16.45 Session 1: Improving Verifiability

Chair: Oksana Kulyk

  • STROBE-Voting:  Send Two, Receive One Ballot Encoding – Josh Benaloh
  • Improved Verifiability for BeleniosVS – Thomas Haines and Rajeev Goré
  • Provably improving election verifiability in Belenios – Sevdenur Baloglu, Sergiu Bursuc, Sjouke Mauw and Jun Pang

17:00 – 17.45 Session 2: Internet Voting: Behavioral aspects 

Chair: Micha Germann

  • Party cues and trust in remote internet voting: data from Estonia 2005-2019 – Piret Ehin and Mihkel Solvak
  • To I-vote or Not to I-vote: Drivers and Barriers to the Implementation of Internet Voting –Nathan Licht, David Duenas-Cid, Iuliia Krivonosova and Robert Krimmer
  • Turnout in e-voting pilots in the 2021 presidential elections in Ecuador – Régis Dandoy

18.00 – 18.45 Session 3: On the offensive: IT Threats

Chair: Thomas Hofer

  • Penetration Testing a US Election Blockchain Prototype – Shawn Emery, C. Edward Chow and Richard White
  • How to Break Virtual Shareholder Meetings: An Empirical Study – Andreas Mayer
  • Tales from the Trenches: Case Studies in Election Cybersecurity Preparedness in Texas –Elizabeth Kasongo, Matthew Bernhard and Chris Bronk

19.00 – 20.00 Session 4: Poster and Demo Session

Chair: Stéphane Glondu

  • Towards a quantum resistant i-voting system – Jordi Cucurull, Tamara Finogina, Aleix Amill, Noemí Folch and Nuria Costa
  • Microcontroller-Based Voting Client for the Estonian Internet Voting System – Valeh Farzaliyev, Kristjan Krips and Jan Willemson
  • Polys Online Voting System: Lessons Learned from Utilizing Blockchain Technology – Aleksandr Korunov, Aleksandr Sazonov and Petr Murzin
  • An Overview of the Voatz Election Platform – Nimit Sawhney, Simer Sawhney, Eric Landquist and Philip Andreae
  • Internet Voting as Part of Mobile Cross-Border Government Services for Europe (mGov4EU) – Robert Krimmer, Lisa Burgstaller, Tina Hühnlein, Thomas J. Lampoltshammer, Noemi Folch, Herbert Leitold, Arne Tauber, Detlef Hühnlein and Carsten Schmidt
  • – Gilles Mentré and Franck Nouyrigat 

Thursday, 7 October 2021 

15.00 – 15.45 Keynote Speech

  • Toomas Hendrik Ilves (Former President of Estonia)

16.00 – 16.45 Session 5: Risk Limiting Audits

Chair: Josh Benaloh

  • RiLACS: Risk limiting audits via confidence sequences – Ian Waudby-Smith, Philip Stark and Aaditya Ramdas
  • Assertion-based Approaches to Auditing Complex Elections, with application to party-list proportional elections – Michelle Blom, Jurlind Budurushi, Ron Rivest, Philip Stark, Peter J. Stuckey, Vanessa Teague and Damjan Vukcevic
  • Risk-limiting Audits: A Practical Systematization of Knowledge – Matthew Bernhard

17.00 – 17.45 Session 6: Managing election integrity

Chair: Mihkel Solvak

  • Retaining Election Officials is Imperative to Secure Future Elections – David Levine
  • Vote Secrecy and Voter Feedback in Remote Voting — Can We Have Both? – Jan Willemson, Priit Vinkel and Arne Koitmäe
  • Australian Senate Scrutiny Reform Proposal – Ian Brightwell

18.00 – 18.45 Session 7: Security of electronic and paper-based voting

Chair: Peter Y A Ryan

  • Cyber Awareness Training for Election Staff using Constructive Alignment– Thomas Chanussot and Carsten Schuermann
  • And Paper-Based is Better? Towards Comparability of Classic and Cryptographic Voting Schemes – Marc Nemes, Rebecca Schwerdt, Dirk Achenbach, Bernhard Löwe and Jörn Müller-Quade
  • Improving the Accuracy of Ballot Scanners Using Supervised Learning – Sameer Barretto, William Chown, David Meyer, Aditya Soni, Atreya Tata and J. Alex Halderman

19.00 – 19.45 Session 8: Technology in Elections on the African Continent

Chair: Mike Yard

  • Collins Onyemaobi (Independent Electoral Technology Consultant)
  • John Maphephe (Senior Electoral Technology Advisor)
  • Colin Thakur (Durban University of Technology)
  • Nic Cheeseman (University of Birmingham)


Friday, 8 October 2021 

15.00 – 15.45 Keynote Speech

  • Dan Popescu (Head of the Department of Democracy and Governance, Council of Europe) – A black (ballot) box? Council of Europe standards to increase transparency of and confidence in e-voting

16.00 – 16.45 Session 9: Enhancing Privacy in Voting

Chair: Carsten Schürmann

  • Who was that masked voter? The tally won’t tell! – Peter Y A Ryan, Peter B Roenne, Philip B Stark, Dimiter Ostrev, Najmeh Soroush and Fatima-Ezzahra El Orche
  • Extending the Tally-Hiding Ordinos System: Implementations for Borda, Hare-Niemeyer, Condorcet, and Instant-Runoff Voting – Fabian Hertel, Nicolas Huber, Jonas Kittelberger, Ralf Küsters, Julian Liedtke and Daniel Rausch
  • Hyperion: An Enhanced Version of the Selene End-to-End Verifiable Voting Scheme – Peter Y A Ryan, Peter B Roenne and Simon Rastikian

17.00 – 17.45 Session 10: The Road to Deploying e-Voting

Chair: Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz

  • The challenges of enabling public scrutiny – Xavier Monnat and Simon Oswald
  • Use of Electronic Voting in the Albanian Parliamentary Elections in 2021–Jurlind Budurushi
  • Use of innovative technologies in the electoral process in Armenia – Ardita Driza Maurer, Justin Nettmann and Rafik Grigoryan

18.00 – 18.45 Session 11: Usability and Voter Perception

Chair: Peter Roenne

  • Voter Perceptions of Trust in Risk-Limiting Audits – Asmita Dalela, Oksana Kulyk and Carsten Schürmann
  • Usable Verifiable Secrecy-Preserving E-Voting – Oksana Kulyk, Reto König, Philipp Locher, Jonas Ludwig and Melanie Volkamer
  • Just for the sake of transparency: Exploring Voter Mental Models of Verifiability – Marie-Laure Zollinger, Ehsan Estaji, P. Y. A. Ryan and Karola Marky

19.00 – 19.45 Rump Session

All times given in CEST.

Pre-Conference Programme

Tuesday, 5 October 2021 

PhD Colloquium

Chairs: Iuliia Krivonosova & Marie-Laure Zollinger

15.00 – 15.50 PhD Colloquium Session 1

  • Evaluating Voter‘s Assessment of Verifiability Using Text Classification
    with Machine Learning – Ehsan Estaji 
  • Fault Tolerant Result Collation Scheme for Nigerian Electoral System
    Adeoye Olayinka Olaoluwa

16.00 – 16.50 PhD Colloquium Session 2

  • A New Technique for Deniable Vote Updating – Najmeh Soroush
  • Why does e-voting have to be perfect? – Tamara Finogina

17.00 – 17.50 PhD Colloquium Session 3

  • Electronic voting in Russia: the scrutiny of ‘e-voting’ in an authoritarian context – Bogdan Romanov
  • Regulating Internet voting by analogy: does it work? Challenges and concerns for secret suffrage – Adrià Rodríguez-Pérez

18.00 – 19.20 PhD Colloquium Session 4

  • To i-vote or not to i-vote: Drivers and Barriers to the Implementation of Internet Voting – Nathan Licht
  • Technological Change of ONPE, an Electoral Manage-ment Body in Peru – Voters and civil servants’ perceptions – Pablo Hartill
  • Trust and E-Voting – Peeter Leets