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

Peter G. Neumann, PhD Biography

Title:
Principal Scientist at SRI Computer Science Lab
Position:
Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“The election process is an end-to-end problem relating to the integrity and privacy of votes. At present, almost every step in the process is a potential weak link. In principle, well-designed and carefully implemented computer systems could contribute to parts of that process, subject to more rigorous standards, evaluation, and open oversight. However, much work remains to make such approaches practical, effective, and trustworthy.”

Dr. Neumann in a June 1, 2006 email to ProCon.org

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to electronic voting machine issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to electronic voting machine issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Principal Scientist, SRI Computer Science Lab
  • Chairman, National Committee for Voting Integrity
  • Board of Directors, Electronic Privacy Information Center
  • Founder, People for Internet Responsibility
  • Testified regarding electronic voting machine issues before the California Senate and California Assembly
  • Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • ACM SIGSAC Outstanding Contribution Award, 2005
  • National Computer System Security Award, 2002
  • ACM SIGSOFT Outstanding Contribution Award, 1997
  • Norbert Weiner Award, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, 1997
  • Pioneer Award, Electronic Frontier Foundation, 1996
Education:
  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1961
  • SM, Applied Mathematics, Harvard University, 1955
  • AB, Mathematics, Harvard University, 1954
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Do Electronic Voting Machines Provide More Rapid Results Than Other Types of Voting Systems?
  2. Should Electronic Voting Machines Have Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails?