Last updated on: 1/6/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Ronald L. Rivest, PhD Biography

Title:
Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?"
Reasoning:

“Electronic voting systems offer improved ease-of-use and flexibility. They do not intrinsically offer improved security.”

Testimony before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration, May 24, 2001

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:
  • Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT
  • Member, Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project
  • Advisory Board, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
  • Former Director, International Association for Cryptologic Research and Financial Cryptography Association
  • Elected Member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
  • Elected Fellow, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM); International Association for Cryptographic Research; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and World Technology Network
  • MITX Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005
  • ACM Turing Award, 2002
  • Testified before U.S. House of Representatives Committee on House Administration about security in voting technology, May 24, 2001
  • Co-recipient, IEEE Koji Kobayashi Computers and Communications Award and Secure Computing Lifetime Achievement Award, 2000
Education:
  • PhD, Computer Science, Stanford University, 1974
  • BA, Mathematics, Yale University, 1969
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is Parallel Testing an Effective Method of Assuring the Accuracy of Electronic Voting Machines?
  2. Do Electronic Voting Machines Improve the Voting Process?