Last updated on: 2/14/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Lorrie Faith Cranor, PhD Biography

Title:
Associate Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“I tend to think that with sufficient review and oversight, we should be able to deploy DRE machines that have a very low risk of failure (through either accidental error or fraud). I don’t think we can build a perfect machine, but we should be able to build a machine with risks lower than the risks associated with a paper ballot system. I do not know enough about existing DRE systems to know whether any of them are good enough today, but have heard about enough problems to be suspicious.”

(“Voting After Florida: No Easy Answers,” Ubiquity, Mar. 2001)

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Associate Research Professor, Computer Science, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 2003-present
  • Director, Usable Privacy and Security Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004-present
  • Research on electronic voting systems, 1994-present
  • IBM Privacy Faculty Award, 2004
  • Principal Technical Staff Member, AT&T Research Labs, 1996-2003
  • AT&T Standards Recognition Award, 2002
  • National Advisory Board, Voting Integrity Project, 1998-2001
  • National Science Foundation Internet Voting Taskforce, 2000
  • Designed technical aspects of an electronic voting system for the government of Costa Rica with a team at AT&T Research Labs, 1997
  • Developed “Sensus,” an Internet-based electronic voting system, 1996
  • Maintains the “Electronic Voting Hotlist” website
  • Editorial Board of several journals – ACM Transactions on Internet Technology, The Information Society, Journal of Privacy Technology, Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, and Foundations and Trends in Web Science
  • Top 100 Innovators Under 35, Technology Review magazine, 2003
  • Member – Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE; Senior Member), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), ACM US Public Policy Committee (USACM), Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society
Education:
  • PhD, Engineering and Policy, Washington University (St. Louis), 1996
  • MS, Computer Science, Washington University, 1996
  • MS, Technology and Human Affairs, Washington University, 1993
  • BS, Engineering and Public Policy, Washington University, 1992
Other:
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