Brussels & Barcelona, June 30, 2016 – In support of the Europeans Throughout the World initiative to help support citizens overseas participate in democratic processes on equal terms, Scytl shared insight on past and current projects deployed across the globe that have allowed overseas voters to securely and privately vote online, enabling an increase in participation by providing voters with a more convenient and timely voting channel.
The outdated voting channels used by most Europeans abroad has had a direct impact on a decrease of election participation. As a result, the interest and demand for online voting for disenfranchised voting communities such as those overseas continues to grow, though it is not necessarily new. Secure and verifiable online voting has been taking place since 2004.
But as the demand increases so do the warning signs: elections should not be a testing field for unproven software. As stated by Pere Valles, CEO at Scytl “Information security is a vital component in being able to address the challenges posed by online voting and particularly in ensuring strong voter authentication, voter privacy, and full verifiability, as well as preserving an election’s integrity. It is important to understand that online voting can only be a success if the voters and other players involved in an election, such as political parties and observers, trust the technology that is being used to support the online voting process.”
Scytl´s 12 years’ experience in deploying secure and verifiable online voting across the globe has set the bar for most advanced levels of information security controls safeguarding the pillars of a free and fair elections helping enfranchise overseas voters, enabling them to vote privately and securely from anywhere and on any device.
A few examples of countries leveraging Scytl secure and verifiable online voting to date include:
- French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Education, key drivers in online voting adoption and implementation.
- The Swiss Canton of Neuchâtel sees a continued increase in online voting engagement both in country and abroad during the Swiss 2015 Federal Elections.
- In Australia, New South Wales 2015 State Elections set a new record as the largest government binding online voting election worldwide.
- Over 1 million voters in Brazil securely vote online in the COFECON, CFF and CFC elections leveraging Scytl online voting technology.
- The UAE Ministry of Federal National Council Affairs conducted the world’s first fully-electronic national election with Scytl technology for the Federal National Council Elections 2015.
Scytl is the global leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions. Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.
Scytl’s solutions have been successfully used in over 42 countries across the globe over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, with strategic offices in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Peru and Greece, as well as field offices in France, the UK, Bangladesh and Australia. For more information, visit www.scytl.com.
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