UK: Internet voting trials and tribulations

August 3, 2007 at 10:31 pm Leave a comment

It’s interesting to see how the convenience vs. security debate plays out in what is perhaps the most precious of democratic rituals, voting.

The Electoral Commission in UK piloted a range of e-voting solutions, including remote Internet voting, in five local authority elections in May 2007. The Commission has called for “an end to trials of telephone and internet voting until the government has set out a strategy for modernising the electoral system and made it more secure.”

The Commission goes on to say that concerns were raised about “low public confidence in the security of such methods; accessibility; and technical difficulties. The Commission recommends that electronic voting should not be pursued any further without significant improvements to testing and implementation and a system of individual voter registration.”

The Ministry of Justice doesn’t see things quite the same and said, “…where electors choose to vote remotely by internet or telephone they often had favourable responses to these innovations…We are pleased that the evaluations point to a high level of system security and user confidence in e-voting systems tested and that the security and integrity of the polls was not compromised.”

In my opinion, The Electoral Commission’s view of a lack of public confidence in high risk Internet transactions mirrors that raised by the research done in New Zealand that I referred to in a previous post.

And that remains a big challenge for the global technology community.


Entry filed under: authentication, fraud, government, identity, NZ, security, strategy, trust, UK.

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