[E-voting] LIT e-voting trial (Margaret McGaley)

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Fri Apr 23 10:58:56 IST 2010


great responses, Colm.  thanks for posting.

Colm MacCárthaigh wrote:
> Hey, sorry - hopefully they'll arrive this time ...
>
> On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 1:02 PM, Margaret McGaley <mmcgaley at gmail.com> wrote:
>   
>> A PhD student in LIT has developed an e-voting system with a "full
>> paper trail" (I don't know any more details than that). It's going to
>> be trialled at the student union elections there on the 26th of April.
>> I'll be heading down to watch. Would anyone like to join me?
>>     
>
> Wow, cool, I'd love to, but it's a bit far from my present location :-)
>
>   
>> He's also asked me to fill in a short survey about ICTE. Any thoughts
>> on any of the following questions?
>>     
>
> Here are mine anyway!
>
>   
>> How many members are there in your organization?
>>     
>
> ICTE does not have a formal system of membership. Our mailing list,
> the primary focus of activity for ICTE has 116 subscribers. All
> subscribers are welcome, but some do actively consider themselves
> independent non-members, and some are observers only. Our largest
> in-person gatherings have attracted approximately 40 people. Including
> some media and guests, there were 51 glasses of champagne served at
> our party to celebrate the shelving of e-voting.
>
>   
>> Identify the area(s) of e-Voting that your organisation is interested in?
>>     
>
> ICTE is concerned with Trustworthy E-voting in Ireland. In particular
> our goal is to ensure that any system introduced has at least the same
> level of verifiability of result as our present system of manual
> observable counts.
>
>   
>> Does your organisation have influence in any particular area of e-Voting?
>>     
>
> Our organisation has corresponded with and met with Government
> ministers, civil service officials and the political representatives
> of numerous parties. We have held well-attended press-conferences,
> consulted on position papers and briefing documents. We have been
> widely quoted in the media, and have authored numerous and well-cited
> submissions to public bodies and commissions.
>
>   
>> What is the internal structure of your organisation? (Is there a core
>> group of key members that do most of the work?)
>>     
>
> There is no formal structure. Some members have taken on spokesperson,
> public relations, and lobbyist roles as the need arises. In general
> this is on a voluntary and somewhat vague meritocratic basis. We have
> tended to conduct as much activity as possible out in the open, and
> regularly discuss press release drafts and strategy in public. When
> members self-nominate to particular roles, it is generally on the
> basis that consensus is established because nobody else objects.
>
>   
>> What are the key roles and responsibilities?
>>     
>
> Acting as a spokesperson with the media.
> Providing feedback and review on press releases and position papers.
> Writing and co-authoring our submissions.
> Research.
> Speech writing.
> Operating and maintaining our online resources.
>
>   
>> What areas of expertise are most prominent within the organisation?
>>     
>
> In general the active participants in ICTE have tended to be experts
> in the areas of Computer Science, Law, and Politics.
>
>   
>> What is the process for decision making / action taking within the organisation?
>>     
>
> Action is taken on a voluntary basis, following some open discussion
> and decision making that generally occurs via consensus. Ideas are
> proposed on the mailing list, feedback is incorporated, and the
> proposer generally executes.
>
>
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