Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
"Concerning design, researchers have shown, and experience has confirmed, that electronic voting machines do not meet reasonable expectations for correctness, availability, accessibility, and security. A large body of work proposes immediate, short-term fixes but, in every case, has found the only longterm remedy is complete system redesign. Concerning certification, researchers have pointed out that the practice of having voting machine vendors pay the independent testing authorities raises questions about the impartiality and rigor of the certification process itself. They have also decried the fact that that process inhibits the incremental improvement of the system by focusing on whether the system passes the certification test, not on what the vendor could do to improve the system... This problem is even more fundamental. The standards on which vendors base their system designs and against which the testing authorities certify the systems are flawed. These standards, promulgated first by the Federal Election Commission, then by the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), do not express a coherent set of requirements for electronic voting systems. They contain no system model or threat model. Lacking these guides, any standard is only a patchwork of ideas and requirements that fails to achieve its goals-if, indeed, these goals are clear. Without clear requirements, no design can be sound nor can any system be meaningfully certified."
"Fixing Federal E-Voting Standards," Communications of the ACM, Mar. 2007
Experts Election officials, people with post-graduate degrees in a computer or political science, JD's, Members of Congress, or elected officials with significant involvement in, or related to, electronic voting machine issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis, 2004-present
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of California at Davis, 1997-2004
Assistant Professor Department of Computer Science, University of California at Davis, 1993-1997
Assistant Professor Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dartmouth College, 1987-1993
Research Scientist Research Institute for Advanced Computer Science, NASA Ames Research Center, 1984-1987
Systems Programmer, Megatest Corporation Charter Member, Colloquium on Information Systems Security Education, 1982-1982, 1983-1984
PhD, Computer Science, Purdue University, 1984
MS, Computer Science, Purdue University, 1981
MA, Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
AB, Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, 1976