Online Seminar: The Future of Internet Voting

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increased discussion of democratic institutions relying more heavily on technology in elections. Specifically, some are calling for internet voting for holding elections during pandemic-associated lockdowns. Before countries and election management bodies move forward with internet voting, however, they need to properly understand the associated risks, opportunities and challenges of such a novel and relatively untested technology.

To address this issue, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will host a global online seminar on Tuesday, June 16, bringing together a range of experts to discuss the future of internet voting. The seminar will be organized into two separate panels and subsequent question and answer sessions, featuring the following guests. Each guest will speak on a specific topic:

Panel 1

  • Thomas Chanussot, Cybersecurity Expert, IFES: Cyber Hygiene and Cybersecurity
  • Carsten Schurmann, Professor, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark: Verifiability and Auditability
  • Virginia Atkinson, Senior Global Inclusion Advisor, IFES: Accessibility and Public Trust

Panel 2

  • Alex Halderman, Professor and Director of the Center for Computer Security and Society, University of Michigan, United States: Risks and Future Innovation in Internet Voting
  • Robert Krimmer, Professor, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia: Costs of Internet Voting and Election Technology
  • Ronan McDermott, Voter Technology Expert, IFES: Responsibility and Transparency by Election Decision-Makers

IFES recently released a global white paper on Considerations on Internet Voting: An Overview for Electoral Decision-Makers, which assesses the current status of internet voting holistically through multiple lenses, including parameters of feasibility, case studies, accessibility and future trends.

Informed by emerging good practice from around the world and its own white paper on the subject, IFES hopes this webinar will further illuminate the possibilities – and serious risks – of using internet voting to address the challenges of holding elections online during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Please join IFES on Tuesday, June 16 at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) to participate in this webinar via Zoom. RSVP by June 15 to receive the link.

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