October Blog Round-Up: PhD Theses, Conferences, and Online Elections

Oct 25, 2023

Our online voting and election experts were back at it this month, exploring various topics on our blogs. Let’s take a look at some of their recent articles:

Corporate Online Voting Blog

On our corporate blog, we discussed how Alumni Associations can hold elections online, and the benefits that come with such innovation. Alumni Associations often hold annual elections for various leadership positions, including officers, trustees, chairs, and presidents. These elections may occur simultaneously or may be held on separate occasions. Different voting groups such as recent alumni who have graduated within one year, may also vote for specific positions or may be ineligible to vote in certain races. The potential complexity of these elections makes them perfect for an online voting system, which can help automate and streamline the entire process.


EDGE: Elections in the Digital Era

Meanwhile, over on our Research & Security Team‘s EDGE blog, our experts have been showcasing their latest research:

Scytl Cryptography Researcher Tamara Finogina is our newest team member to receive her PhD, and has shared an article about her thesis on Coercion-Resistant Cast-as-Intended Verifiability in Electronic Voting Systems. She writes:

At first glance, the task seems easy: We need coercion resistance to limit (in)voluntary vote-selling and cast-as-intended verification to stop the voting device from cheating. However, those properties are contradictory.

Tamara, along with Scytl’s Public Policy Researcher, Adrià Rodríguez-Pérez (PhD), and Innovation Project Manager, Polina Toropova, also attended the 2023 E-Vote-ID conference this month, sharing their research on challenges with quantum computing and long-term voter privacy, international standards on the use of election technologies, and Scytl’s participation in the SOTERIA H2020 European Union project.

Finally, Jake Mahr (PhD), Scytl’s Head of Content, contributed a review of recent elections held in the United Arab Emirates, which made history as the first fully digital national elections in the world. Jake explores what exactly it means for an elections to be “fully digital,” and whether we can expect to see similar election innovation in other countries around the world.


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