Conference Proceedings

Virtually perfect democracy

G Bella, PYA Ryan, V Teague, B Christianson, J Malcolm

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Springer Verlag | Published : 2014


In the 2009 Security Protocols Workshop, the Pretty Good Democracy scheme was presented. This scheme has the appeal of allowing voters to cast votes remotely, e.g. via the Internet, and confirm correct receipt in a single session. The scheme provides a degree of endto- end verifiability: receipt of the correct acknowledgement code provides assurance that the vote will be accurately included in the final tally. The scheme does not require any trust in a voter client device. It does however have a number of vulnerabilities: privacy and accuracy depend on vote codes being kept secret. It also suffers the usual coercion style threats common to most remote voting schemes.

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