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E-voting - Opportunities and Challenges for Network Operators
Project discontinued by 31 Dec 2001
For further information please contact:

Heinz Brüggemann
Project Supervisor
Wieblinger Weg 19/4
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Project Information
What is this Study about?

Internet-based voting systems start to draw the attention of companies, organisations and governments. E-voting systems in general can be used for the simple voting of the speaker of a school class up to very demanding Internet-based political elections.

Network operators have experience with telephony based voting, and have experience with large security infrastructures and the implementation of cryptographic protocols. At the same time network operators are constantly looking for new services.

The questions addressed by this study are whether e-voting is an opportunity for a new value added service offered by network operators, and which are the technical but also legal/social/political issues that need to be addressed.

The focus of the study is to narrow the scope for Internet-based voting systems or e-voting in general. The study should produce a list of critical issues related to e-voting that need to be addressed before a service can be offered. The list could separate the issues into such that:

  • Can be considered solved,
  • Need standardisation,
  • Need further research,
  • Need a business decision,
  • Need legal, and/or political action

What are the main objectives of this Study?

The main objectives of this Study are to:

  • Investigate e-voting services and scenarios from a network operator’s perspective
  • Describe business cases for e-voting services
  • Investigate the additional challenges for wireless e-voting (through a wireless device)
  • Investigate secure platforms and network architectures for e-voting
  • Describe approaches for experimentation, modelling and simulation of election systems

One important aspect of the study is to form an opinion on the expected timeframe for a possible deployment of variations of e-voting systems, based on the expected public confidence in such systems. Based on this timeframe, business related decisions could be taken, with respect to deployment of infrastructure to support e-voting and offering e-voting services on the market.Project clients and intended exploitation of results

What are the expected results?

  • A project report containing a high level description of the opportunities and challenges related to e-voting together with a reasonable attempt to outline at least one business case.
  • A technical information document containing a collection of the technical (architectures, cryptographic protocols, etc.) and legal/social/political issues related to e-voting. The details on the various topics will depend on the expertise available.

Furthermore, it is intended to propose a project for the EURESCOM Work Programme to experiment, model and simulate e-voting systems.

Project Results