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Securing Remote Elections Discussion (Online)

April 29, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5

With recent global challenges to in-person voting, alternatives are being explored by public officials around the world. The risk of infectious diseases and other factors could threaten local, state, and national elections. All types of elections including corporate officers, local ballots, school elections, legislative votes and many other types of elections are affected.

The questions that all public and private sector elections officials must address are:

  1. How do we ensure the integrity of voter registrations?
  2. How do we verify the identity of voters?
  3. How do we ensure voter access?
  4. How do we verify voter eligibility?
  5. How do we ensure that votes are recorded as intended when cast?
  6. How do we ensure that votes are fully, and accurately counted?
  7. How do we ensure that elections results are properly reported?

When a pandemic or other restrictions prohibit the assembly of people in public, we must find new answers to old questions.

Come and join us for an online discussion about securing remote elections. We will discuss:

  • What technologies exist to support remote voting?
  • What are the regulatory and legal issues related to remote voting?
  • How have some organizations (public & private) addressed these concerns?
  • What are the benefits & risks of remote voting?

We will have a panel discussion followed by questions and answers. Our speakers include:

  • Amelia Powers Gardner, Utah County, UT, Finance, Internal Audit, and Elections Office. She is the winner of the GBA 2020 Achievement Award for Leadership. She has implemented a blockchain voting solution in Utah.
  • E. John Sebes, Co-Founder, Principal Election Technology Strategist, andChief Technology Officer for the Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute, a nonprofit election technology
    research organization. He leads all aspects of technology strategy, vision, architecture, engineering and development for the TrustTheVote Project. Mr. Sebes is an election technology subject matter expert to security agencies of the federal government and is active in election data standards work with the U.S. EAC and NIST.
  • Susan Eustis, GBA Voting Working Group Leader.  Susan has decades of experience working in the elections space. She has established a network of relationships with voting machine vendors, elections officials, and elections organizations. She runs a research organization that performs cutting-edge research in the areas of public policy and technology.
  • Shiv Agarwal, GBA Identity Management Working Group Leader. He is also the CEO of MyEarth.Id, solving the problem of Identity Management using Cryptography and Digital Ledger Technology. Shiv is a technology entrepreneur, with a focus on products and services in niche areas. Shiv has been actively working in the Blockchain industry and has in-depth knowledge of Blockchain and Digitial Ledger technologies. He will be discussing how self-sovereign identity (SSI) and decentralized identifiers (DIDs) make remote voting more secure
  • Mitja (Dmitry) Goroshevsky, CTO of TON Labs. He has been creating distributed software systems for more than 20 years. He is the co-author of patents in serverless and blockchain technologies. He has extensive experience developing Ripple and Ethereum -based systems and created the first blockchain Operating System. He will be describing a secure voting mechanism based on the TON OS, mitigating attack vectors with economical cryptography, secure hardware elements and why are they essential.

Anyone may attend by filling out the registration form below. If you are interested in speaking at a GBA event, please fill out the Speaker Volunteer Form.

As the Corona-19 Virus impacts all our lives, many public officials are considering how it will impact elections. The subject of remote voting is being seriously considered. The Government Blockchain Association (GBA) is supporting public policymakers in this area in several ways including:

  • Our GBA Podcast includes two episodes. They are:
    • Using Blockchain to Audit Votes in Central America (Ep 9)
    • Overcoming Resistance and Implementing Blockchain Voting (Ep 10)
  • Watch our panel discussion from the US Capitol on Elections Accessibility & Security

For additional resources, visit the GBA Blockchain Voting Resources Directory

The association is free for any civil servant to join and very affordable for private sector blockchain professionals. Please join us for this free online discussion on this topic on April 29th.

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April 29, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
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