April Blog Round-Up: Anonymous Elections, Vote Encoding, and Shared Governance

May 1, 2023

Our election experts publish regular blog articles on online voting and election modernization. Let’s take a look at the topics covered last month:

EDGE: Elections in the Digital Era

On EDGE, our Research & Security blog, Cryptography Researcher Núria Costa (PhD) analyzed various methods for encoding voting options in an online election. When a voter votes online, they select their choices on the online ballot and cast their vote in a few simple clicks. But how are their voting selections transformed into something that the software can understand and encrypt? To answer this question, Núria walks through the practices, requirements, and limitations of basic encoding, prime numbers encoding, binary encoding, and homomorphic encoding.

Scytl Cryptography Researcher Tamara Finogina also published an EDGE article this month, offering a follow-up piece on ensuring anonymity in online voting elections. Tamara focuses on security mechanisms and protocols that can help us protect voter privacy and anonymity against both future advances in quantum computing, as well as from potential dishonest trustees. You can find Tamara’s first article on this topic here.


Corporate Online Voting Blog

Over on our corporate blog, Marketing and Communication Specialist Jake Mahr (PhD) discussed how an online voting system can help support shared governance in higher education institutions. With increased accessibility and simplicity thanks to an online voting channel, universities and colleges can boost participation in various shared governance processes like surveys, evaluations, and elections.


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