Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Matthew Bishop, PhD Biography

Title:
Professor of Computer Science at the University of California at Davis
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“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

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
Education:
  • 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
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?
  2. Do Senior Citizens Feel Comfortable Using Electronic Voting Machines?