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[liberationtech] Egyptian government to introduce e-voting system

Sheila Parks sheilaruthparks at comcast.net
Wed Apr 6 15:52:45 PDT 2011


Is this paper from Haldermann a published paper? And can I repost it 
also, or is it just you, Rebecca that has permission?

Also, I cannot find a date on it?  Am I not seeing it? Do you know the date?

Thx so much

Sheila

At 05:24 PM 4/6/2011, Rebecca MacKinnon wrote:
>Alex Halderman from UMich/Princeton CITP has this to say about that 
>report (shared with his permission):
>
>"It was recently reported that Egyptian officials have been reaching 
>out to India's election commission for guidance:
><http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-05/india/29383962_1_iidem-s-y-quraishi-evms>http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-04-05/india/29383962_1_iidem-s-y-quraishi-evms
>
>I wonder whether they'll adopt similar technology.  If they were to 
>deploy the same kind of machines that India uses, my chief concern 
>would be their vulnerability to centralized insider fraud.
>
>(See my India EVM paper: 
><http://www.cse.umich.edu/%7Ejhalderm/pub/papers/evm-ccs10.pdf>http://www.cse.umich.edu/~jhalderm/pub/papers/evm-ccs10.pdf 
>)"
>
>Best,
>Rebecca
>
>On Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 3:45 PM, David Jandura 
><<mailto:djandura at ifes.org>djandura at ifes.org> wrote:
>
> From <http://www.almasryalyoum.com/en/node/389398>Al-Masry Al Youm:
>
>
>
>
>
>The Egyptian government is preparing to introduce an electronic 
>voting system for the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled for 
>September. Refaat Qemsan, head of the Interior Ministry's elections 
>department, said the system will allow eligible citizens to vote by 
>submitting their national identity card data online.
>
>At a forum held Tuesday in Cairo, Qemsan said current election laws 
>only concern Egyptians residing in Egypt, adding that most 
>expatriate Egyptians do not have Egyptian IDs. Qemsan called for 
>including expatriate Egyptians in any new voting system. Maged 
>Othman, minister of communications and information technology, said 
>the country is ready to introduce an electronic system of voting in 
>time for the parliamentary and presidential elections. However, 
>observers believe Egyptian elections laws stand in the way of 
>implementing such a system because they refer to paper voter lists 
>and ballot boxes. Egyptian political parties and movements have said 
>they would like the electronic system to first be piloted in club 
>and syndicate elections before being implemented in national elections.
>
>
>
>
>
>E-voting can mean both automated machines or internet voting so I'm 
>not sure what they are proposing here.  The expatriate aspect leads 
>me to believe they mean internet voting, as unbelievable as that 
>sounds. Has anybody heard any information on this?
>
>
>
>
>
>Best,
>
>
>
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