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

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?