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Lorrie Faith Cranor, PhD Biography

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

“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
  • 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
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