воскресенье, 17 ноября 2013 г.

Talks on TED. David Bismark: E-voting without fraud


The video E-voting without fraud is a lecture of David Bismark, a consultor, entrepreneur, and technologist, devoted to his invention of a new system of voting. The topic of the lecture is crucial within the boundaries of the course aimed to deal with democratic issues as our democracies rely on elections. Fair elections mean the system of delegating powers to the politicians works properly. The problem lies in the point that the majority of the countries strives to become democracies, but the majority of the countries faces the challenge of conducting transparent elections. The voice of every citizen of the country should be accounted in the right way. There should be no place for a fraud. It is the acute problem of Russia that mobilized the citizens to protest against the existing regime, against ballot-stuffing and the total unfairness. Moreover, understanding by the citizens that their votes will be calculated adequately will increase the voter turnout on the Election Day along with the involvement of the population in the election process from its beginning.

David Bismark proposes to introduce the system under which only few things go wrong during the elections and cheating is minimized. Such a model implies the introduction of the ballot forms of a new kind.
First of all, the candidate lists enumerates the candidates in a different order. As a result, if the candidate list is removed from the remaining bit with the election choices, it is impossible to tell how a person voted.
The second point of the ballot form is the 2D barcode with complicated cryptography that makes the election process transparent so that every citizen could trace his or her vote was counted properly and that makes the process of changing the voter’s choice impossible.
The third peculiarity of the system is its simplicity. A voter has to take a ballot form, mark his or her own choice, tear along the perforation line to separate the candidate list and the remaining bit with his or her vote. Then a voter has to shred the candidate list, let a worker scan his or her remaining bit, take the original remaining bit and check the vote through the Internet when all the votes are counted. The most complicated part of the procedure is done by computers.
Nobody except the voter can find out how he or she voted due to the existing cryptography, but news media, international observers, and anyone who wants can download the election data and count all the statistics themselves.

That is the mechanism of the E-voting proposed by David Bismark to avoid fraud.

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