Yes voting is a key thing to get right. The problem is to be able to stop
any widespread computer fraud of a vote."Vote every day" I used to say. To
enable voting and e-commerce on Compunet we buried an encrypted unique ID
steganographically, in a reserved 256 byte piece of eprom in a dongle. This
checked identity and stopped unauthorized copying of copyright software. We
had no security violations in our ten years of operation.
Authentication is the key thing and perfect authenticatuion might require a
DNA profile of each voter as they vote or make a purchase. This is hard to
do without subversion. So an encrypted, uncopyable, token that could be
related to DNA might be indicated and constructable. Certainly I'm not ready
to give a paper yet!- but lots of evolving strategies can be produced.
There's been a tremendous carve up into sectors of the egov community
(e-voting is not one of their topics currently) one of us, at least, should
tell them about the VSM and the cybernetics of government, Cybersyn, or Real
Time Study Group work. I seem to recall enquiring around 2002 to a UK egov
group or so but because I wasn't at a university or in government they
weren't interested. The idea that more detailed performance data of
government could lead to participatory development, control of risk etc
seems a long way away.
One UK initiative was to set up a Portal where all UK Govt Business could be
conducted. One indicator of success was to be telling them of your change of
address and this seamlessly promulgating to all departments who had your
name and address: Tax, DVLC (driving), National Insurance, Local Authority,
TV Licence etc- in your dreams. The only way forward, to me at the moment,
is for us to own our own records and control their visibility to Govt Depts.
They have shown themselves to be so grossly incompetent (in UK anyway-
loosing 25 million details including bank accounts of people with children
and hundreds of Government laptops going missing every year) I doubt people
will allow anything else e.g. in Health. Latest blow was 80% of Doctors
(according to BMA) would opt out of putting their health records on
"Connecting for Health"- too frightened of revenge from fellow health
workers, some would say.
I'd like to hear what Prof Ross Anderson (Standard work on "Security
Engineering" at Cambridge) has to say about all this.
As I write this I have just heard that Steven Spielberg has pulled out of
the Chinese Olympics because of their support for Sudan and its genocide in
Darfur. We need an egov that prevents genocide. Presidents and government
must be held to higher standards than their people as a coming requirement
for UN membership, perhaps. e-money will be a great help there. Paper
currency has to and will go one day. Indeed, cheap co-operative e-cash might
be another way for World Govt to get established. Better authentication of
identity remains to be done is one of they keys. I seem to recall, Allenna,
we talked about a scheme of revocable database encryption keys held at the
International Court in the Hague as one possible safeguards. There are
likely others we should consider.
US is working on this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-Authentication
----- Original Message -----
From: "allenna leonard" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 5:47 PM
Subject: Re: Final Call for Papers for EGOV 2008
> Dear Nick,
> I don't have any research to write up for this
> conference but did just participate in the first
> partially on-line primary election vote in the Global
> Primary of Democrats Abroad. Unlike the Republicans
> who can only vote by absentee ballot in the primary,
> the expatriot Democrats are an official part of the
> Democratic National Committee and have eleven delegate
> votes at the convention.
> We had the choice of voting in person at a voting
> centre or on-line.
> The e-voting was especially useful for people who
> could not easily make it to one of the pubs, churches
> or coffee shops where they could vote in person.
> --- Nick Green <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Final call for papers
>> EGOV 2008, Turin, Italy, 1-5 September 2008
>> The international EGOV conference series gives
>> annual state of the art overviews in eGovernment and
>> eGovernance research, implementation and
>> application. Thereby, the conferences provide
>> important guidance for research and development in
>> this fast-moving domain of study.
>> The annual EGOV conferences bring together leading
>> researchers and professionals from all over the
>> globe and from many disciplines. Over the years, the
>> interest has increased tremendously. The 2007
>> conference attracted some 140 participants from more
>> than 30 countries all over the world including
>> developing countries, with 37 contributions in
>> outstanding research, 31 contributions in ongoing
>> research, 5 projects contributions and 6 workshops.
>> Also, 20 PhD papers were accepted and presented at
>> the doctoral colloquium preceding the conference.
>> Hence the EGOV Conferences have proven once again
>> its capacity to serve as a platform for academics
>> and professionals and as an important ground for
>> networking in the community.
>> The EGOV Conference Series hosts four distinct
>> formats of contributions: Scientific papers
>> (distinguished between completed research and
>> ongoing research); project presentations, and
>> workshops. These formats encourage scientific rigor
>> and discussions of state of the art in the study
>> domain, but also welcome innovative research work in
>> progress, and studies of practical eGovernment
>> projects and systems implementation.
>> The conference also includes a PhD student
>> colloquium providing doctoral students with an
>> international forum for presenting their work,
>> networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary
>> Over the years, organizational and user-related
>> issues long discussed among researchers have finally
>> gained influence on practice. Conversely,
>> eGovernment practice has influenced and inspired
>> eGovernment research. A wide range of topics has
>> received scholarly attention over the years. In
>> recent years, the assessment of eGovernment efforts,
>> the prospects of eGovernment as a research
>> discipline, and the role of information and
>> communication technology for development rank among
>> the top topics on the research agenda. The seventh
>> series of EGOV conferences, hence, includes, but is
>> not limited to the following topics around
>> eGovernment, eGovernance, eParticipation and other
>> fields of application in the public sector:
>> * Research directions and foundations
>> * Research methods, method integration and
>> * Transforming Government
>> * Strategies and frameworks, motivators, and
>> * Domain-specific innovation and governance models
>> * ICT4D
>> * Transnational government
>> * Comparative analyses of current practices
>> * Assessment, evaluation and benefit models for ICT
>> * Economics and economic impacts
>> * Trust, data privacy and security
>> * Complexity management
>> * Mobile Government research and applications
>> * Innovative concepts and implementations (technical
>> and organizational)
>> * Information preservation
>> * Information quality
>> * Integration and interoperation
>> * Domain-specific social networking cases and
>> * Applications of semantic technologies, and lessons
>> * Emergency and disaster response
>> * Exemplars and cases of innovation
>> * Education, training courses, and curricula
>> Submissions may qualify as follows:
>> * Completed research papers
>> * Ongoing research, projects, and general
>> development issues
>> * Workshops and panels on pertinent issues
>> * PhD colloquium submissions
>> We seek for innovative and rigorous contributions.
>> Online submission is open.
>> For further details see
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