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The E-Voting Battle - Prof. David Dill (Stanford), Distinguished Lectures in Computer Science

Monday, December 10, 2012 - 11:00am - 12:15pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Schapiro Center, Davis Auditorium

Distinguished Lectures in Computer Science

The E-Voting Battle
Prof. David Dill (Stanford)


After the 2000 Florida election fiasco, Americans were clamoring for
improved voting technology. By 2002, millions of dollars were available
from the Federal government and some state governments to help local
jurisdictions upgrade. But the planned "upgrades" to paperless electronic
voting machines would have resulted in a system where we had no idea whether
our leaders were selected by voters or by errors or malicious software in
voting machines. This led to an ongoing policy battle over voting
technology from 2003. Computer scientists and other technologists played an
important and unusual role in this debate.

I will describe the problem, the history since 2003, and where we stand
after the recent Presidential election.


David Dill has been on the faculty in the Computer Science Department at
Stanford since 1987. He worked for many years in formal verification of
hardware, software, and protocols, but his major research interest now is
computational biology. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and ACM.

Prof. Dill has been working on policy issues in voting technology since
2003. He is the author of the "Resolution on Electronic Voting", which calls
for a voter-verifiable audit trail on all voting equipment, and which has
been endorsed by thousands of people, including many of the top computer
scientists in the U.S. He has served on the California Secretary of State's
Ad Hoc Task Force on Touch-Screen voting. He has testified on electronic
voting before the U.S. Senate and the Commission on Federal Election Reform,
co-chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker III. He is the founder of the
Verified Voting Foundation and VerifiedVoting.org and is on the boards of
those organizations. In 2004, he received the Electronic Frontier
Foundation's "Pioneer Award" for "spearheading and nurturing the popular
movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections."