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Explaining Electronic Voting Protocols to Non-Technical Audiences

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As computers become a more embedded aspect of daily life, the importance of communicating ideas in computing and technology to the general public has become increasingly apparent. One such growing

As computers become a more embedded aspect of daily life, the importance of communicating ideas in computing and technology to the general public has become increasingly apparent. One such growing technology is electronic voting. The feasibility of explaining electronic voting protocols was directly investigated through the generation of a presentation based on journal articles and papers identified by the investigator. Extensive use of analogy and visual aids were used to explain various cryptographic concepts. The presentation was then given to a classroom of ASU freshmen, followed by a feedback survey. A self-evaluation on the presentation methods is conducted, and a procedure for explaining subjects in computer science is proposed based on the researcher's personal process.

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  • 2018-05

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Improving the Trustworthiness of Electronic Voting Systems Using Blockchain

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Many researchers have seen the value blockchain can add to the field of voting and many protocols have been proposed to allow voting to be conducted in a way that

Many researchers have seen the value blockchain can add to the field of voting and many protocols have been proposed to allow voting to be conducted in a way that takes advantage of blockchains distributed and immutable structure. While blockchains immutable structure can take the place of paper records in preventing tampering it by itself is insufficient to construct a trustworthy voting system with eligibility, privacy, verifiability, and fairness requirements. Many of the protocols which strive to keep voters votes confidential, but also allow for verifiability and eligibility requirements rely on either a blind signature provided by a central authority to provide compliance with these requirements or ring signatures to prove membership in the set of voters. A blind signature issued by a central authority introduces a potential vulnerability as it allows a corrupt central authority to pass a large number of forged ballots into the mix without any detection. Ring signatures on the other hand tend to be overly resource intensive to allow for practical usage in large voting sets. The research in this thesis focuses on improving the trustworthiness of electronic voting systems by providing possible ways of avoiding or detecting corrupt central authorities while still relying upon the benefits of efficiency the blind signature provides.

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A Blockchain-Based Approach to Developing Scalable and Auditable E-Voting Systems Without Requiring a Trustworthy Central Authority

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The purpose of an election is for the voice of the voters to be heard. All the participants in an election must be able to trust that the result of

The purpose of an election is for the voice of the voters to be heard. All the participants in an election must be able to trust that the result of an election is actually the opinion of the people, unaltered by anything or anyone that may be trying to sway the vote. In the voting process, any "black boxes" or secrets can lead to mistrust in the system. In this thesis, an approach is developed for an electronic voting framework that is transparent, auditable, and scalable, making it trustworthy and usable for a wide-scale election. Based on my analysis, linkable ring signatures are utilized in order to preserve voter privacy while ensuring that a corrupt authenticating authority could not sway the vote. A hierarchical blockchain framework is presented to make ring signatures a viable signature scheme even when working with large populations. The solution is evaluated for compliance with secure voting requirements and scalability.

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  • 2021