School of Computing Science


SEEVS - Self-Enforcing E-Voting System: Trustworthy Election in Presence of Corrupt Authorities

This project aims to develop a new generation of e-voting called the self-enforcing e-voting system. The new system does not depend on any trusted authorities, which is different from all currently existing or proposed e-voting schemes. This has several compelling advantages. First, voting security will be significantly improved. Second, the democratic process will be enforced as a whole. Third, the election management will be dramatically simplified. Fourth, the tallying process will become much faster.The idea of a self-enforcing e-voting system has so far received little attention. Although several researchers have attempted to build such a system in the past decade, none were successful due to inefficiencies in computation, bandwidth and the number of rounds. My preliminary investigation indicates that a "self-enforcing e-voting system" is not only practically feasible, but has the potential to be the future of e-voting technology. I have identify several major research problems in the field, which need to be addressed urgently before a self-enforcing e-voting system can finally become viable for practical use. The problems span three disciplines: security, dependability and usability.My main hypothesis is: a secure, dependable and usable self-enforcing e-voting system will trigger a paradigm shift in voting technology. I believe e-voting has great potential that has yet to be exploited, and this project is to develop that potential to the full. The work program involves six work packages: 1) to develop supportive security primitives to lay foundation for future e-voting; 2) to research the impact of self-enforcing requirement on dependability; 3) to develop assistive technologies to improve the usability in voting; 4) to design system architectures suitable for different election scenarios; 5) to build open source prototypes; 6) to conduct real-world trial elections and evaluate the full technical, social, economic and political impacts.