Expert on evoting security problems to speak at Rice

first_imgImmediately following Dill’s lecture, a panel of experts will comment on security challenges in electronic voting. The panel will include Texas State Representative Scott Hochberg; Bill Stotesbery, vice president of marketing for Hart Intercivic, the company that provides Harris County’s electronic voting machines; Adina Levin, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Austin; Bob Stein, dean of social sciences and the Lena Gohlman Fox Professor of Political Science at Rice; Dan Wallach, assistant professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering at Rice. EXPERT ON E-VOTING SECURITY PROBLEMS TO SPEAK AT RICE Stanford Computer Scientist David Dill to Call for Accountable Electronic Voting Systems Democracy rests on the public accepting the results of elections. But touch-screen voting machines — like those used in Harris County — record votes electronically, making it impossible for voters to verify that their votes were recorded correctly. In a Feb. 25 lecture at Rice University, noted computer scientist and security expert David Dill of Stanford University will explain why he believes touch-screen voting machines lack accountability and undermine public trust in democracy. Dill’s lecture, titled “The battle for accountable voting systems,” is slated for 4 p.m. in McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall. Admission is free. Dill is professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Stanford. His primary research interests relate to the theory and application of formal verification techniques to system designs, including hardware, protocols, and software. Dill has served on the California Secretary of State’s Ad Hoc Committee on Touch Screen Voting, and he is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ P1583 voting standards committee and of the Citizen’s Oversight Committee for Santa Clara County, California’s Direct Record Electronic voting system. Dill’s lecture is the first in Rice’s new “Technology, Society and Public Policy” Lecture Series, which focuses on social, political, and legal issues that have emerged from the information revolution. AddThiscenter_img Information technology already touches most aspects of our daily lives; it has transformed workplaces, classrooms, and homes, and changed the way we learn, communicate, entertain, and govern. Increasingly, however, the transforming power of ubiquitous computing, networking, and data is impacting our notion of individual rights, civil liberties, social problems, national security, and social responsibility. “The topic of e-voting is a prime example of the intersection of information technology and public policy,” said Moshe Vardi, director of Rice’s Computer and Information Technology Insitute, which is co-sponsoring the lecture. “With the Texas primary vote scheduled for March 9, it is the perfect topic for the inaugural lecture on Technology, Society and Public Policy.” Dill is leading a growing number of computer security experts who are calling for new federal regulations for computerized voting systems. He is the founder of the grassroots movement VerifiedVoting.org and he is the author of the “Resolution on Electronic Voting.” The resolution states that every voting system should have a “voter verifiable audit trail,” which is a permanent record of the vote that can be checked for accuracy by the voter, and which is saved for a recount if it is required. Many computer technologists, political scientists, lawyers and others have endorsed the resolution. The new lecture series aims to highlight the challenges we face as our cyber-society matures, with an eye toward issues related to impact, ownership, use, control, and management of information and information technology in society. The series is sponsored by the Computer and Information Technology Institute (CITI), the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and the Office of the Chief Information Officer.# # # ShareDATE: Feb. 19, 2004 CONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 EMAIL: [email protected]last_img read more