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This Seminar will be held in the Lecture Theatre 1 on the 18th of March 2004- William Gates Building, Computer Laboratory at 4.15pm
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Why Internet voting is Insecure: a Case Study

Barbara Simons *

The U.S. Department of Defense had been planning to run an Internet-based voting "experiment" called SERVE (Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment) for the 2004 presidential primaries and general election. In order to evaluate the security of SERVE, a group of computer scientists were asked to review the program. On Jan. 21, 2004 four members of the review panel, including the speaker, produced a report, available at, that analyzed the security risks of SERVE and called for SERVE to be shut down. On Feb. 3, 2004, the Department of Defense cancelled SERVE.

In this talk I shall discuss the security problems with Internet voting in general and SERVE in particular. If time permits, I'll also discuss some vulnerabilities of other forms of voting such a paperless touch screen machines.

* Barbara Simons is a technology policy consultant. For many years she was a at IBM Research, where she worked on compiler optimization, algorithm analysis, and scheduling theory. Former President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Simons co-chairs the ACM's US Public Policy Committee (USACM). She has served on the NSF panel on Internet Voting, the President's Export Council's Subcommittee on Encryption, and the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion.

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