Blockchain Based Remote Electronic Voting
You are invited to attend a Seminal Talk by Prof. Burkhard Stiller
Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics,
University of Zürich UZH, Switzerland.
Blockchains (BC) and Distributed Ledgers (DL) offer favourable properties, especially immutability and decentralization, which are suitable for voting systems' Bulletin Boards. While distributing trust among multiple trustees is a crucial reason to adopt BCs and DLs in voting systems, the practical deployment must be decentralized, too, and not just done through virtualizing interconnected systems. Therefore, the exploitation of BCs or DLs in this case requires careful considerations of cryptographic mechanisms and the overall system design, as well as the adversary model. Besides these operational necessities, the long-term privacy of ballots is essential. Thus, the key question investigated in this talk is: Can BC- and DL-based voting systems be considered harmful?
Prof. Dr. Burkhard Stiller received the Informatik-Diplom (MSc) degree in computer science and the Dr. rer.-nat. (PhD) degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1990 and 1994, respectively. In his research career, he was with the Computer Lab, University of Cambridge, U.K., from 1994 to 1995, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, from 1995 to 2004, and the University of Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany, from 2002 to 2004. Since 2004, he chairs the Communication Systems Group CSG, Department of Informatics IfI, University of Zürich UZH, Switzerland and was appointed Director Department of Informatics IfI in 2022.
His main research interests are published in well over 300 research papers and include systems with a fully decentralized control (blockchains, clouds, peer-to-peer), network and service management (economic management), Internet-of-Things (security of constrained devices, LoRa), and telecommunication economics (charging and accounting). Besides being a member of the editorial board of the IEEE Transactions of Network and Service Management, the Journal of Network and Systems Management (Springer), and the Journal of Communications and Networks (KICS), he was Editor-in-Chief of Computer Networks (Elsevier).
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