Charla: E-Voting: Danger and Opportunity

J. Alex Halderman, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, USA
8 Abril, 2015 - 12:00
Auditorio DCC, Piso 3
CLCERT y NIC Chile Research Labs.

In many countries, computer technology has transformed the way citizens participate in democracy. The way people cast their votes, the way votes are counted, and the way society chooses who will lead are increasingly controlled by invisible computer software. However, computerized voting raises startling security risks that are only beginning to be understood outside the research lab, from voting machine viruses that can silently change votes to the possibility that state-level attackers could steal an election. At the same time, there are opportunities for technology--designed correctly and applied intelligently--to make elections more secure and efficient than ever. In this talk, I will discuss electronic voting security in the context of my first-hand studies of e-voting systems used in the U.S., India, Estonia, and elsewhere around the world. These (often uninvited) security evaluations have helped catalyze policy reforms affecting the voting technology used by almost a billion people.


J. Alex Halderman is the Morris Wellman Faculty Development Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan, and Director of Michigan's Center for Computer Security and Society. His research spans software security, Internet security, and digital privacy. He is widely known for developing the "cold boot" attack against disk encryption, which altered widespread security assumptions about the behavior of RAM, influenced computer forensics practice, and inspired the creation of a new subfield of theoretical cryptography. A noted expert on electronic voting technology, Prof. Halderman helped lead the first independent review of the election technology used by half-a-billion voters in India, which prompted the national government to undertake major technical reforms. He is the author of more than 50 publications, and his work has won numerous distinctions, including a 2015 Alfred P. Sloan foundation research fellowship. His Coursera course about electronic voting, Securing Digital Democracy, has reached tens of thousands of students worldwide.