CSE Faculty Lecture: “Why Making Elections Trustworthy is a Computer Science Problem”

The Science & Engineering Library invites you to a lecture by Assistant Professor Hovav Shacham entitled “Why Making Elections Trustworthy is a Computer Science Problem”

Wednesday, May 25
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Science & Engineering Library

The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and the public.
Please register online at: http://tinyurl.com/ucsd-shacham-lecture

Abstract: Because of the messy 2000 Florida Presidential election, many jurisdictions turned to electronic voting machines. Yet even before, computer scientists had warned against computerized voting, and computer scientists led the successful advocacy effort that returned much of the nation to voting on paper. Today, computer scientists are arguing against the introduction of Internet voting. In this talk, Professor Shacham will explain why making elections trustworthy is a computer science problem, and what computer scientists are doing about it.

Hovav Shacham joined UC San Diego’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering in Fall 2007. He received his Ph.D. in computer science in 2005 from Stanford University, where he had also earned, in 2000, an A.B. in English. Shacham participated in California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s “Top-to-Bottom” of the voting machines certified for use in California. He was a member of the team reviewing Hart InterCivic source code; the report he co-authored was cited by the Secretary in her decision to withdraw approval from Hart voting machines.

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