EVOTE2014 Accommodation

The EVOTE2014 is coming closer and closer and the registration process is in full progress!

We had a few requests about accommodation in Bregenz.

Our partner in the region, Tourism Vorarlberg Convention.CC, provides EVOTE2014 with a separate booking page at http://web.deskline.net/bodenseecpevote/en/search_accommodation where you can book your room.

If you have further wishes or questions regarding accommodation please contact Convention.CC by email service@convention.cc or by phone +43 (5574) 43443-21 . The contact person is Sabine Künz, she will assist in finding an appropriate hotel.

We will provide transportation from Bregenz to Castle Hofen and back.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at EVOTE2014!

EVOTE2014: how to get to Castle Hofen in Lochau near Bregenz / Austria?

Travel Information Schloss Hofen, the prominent red Renaissance castle of the Earls of Raitenau, has been home to the international Center for Science andContinuing Education since 1981. It is situated at the shore of Lake Constance in Lochau, which is right next to the region’s capital Bregenz. Castle Hofen Center for Science and Continuing Education Hoferstraße 26, A-6911 Lochau/Bregenz Phone: +43 5574 4930-0 Fax: -22 info@schlosshofen.at / www.schlosshofen.at   How to get there By Car The address for gps-navigation is: SchlossHofen, Hoferstrasse 26, 6911 Lochau, Austria

  • From Austria /Switzerland: Take the highway A14 through the “Pfändertunnel” and exit at Lochau-Hörbranz. Take a left into Lochau. After 700 meters turn left again at the OMV gas station. You will arrive at Castle Hofen on your right after 550 meters.
  • From Germany: Take highway E43 and exit after the former customs office “Hörbranz Zollamt”. From there, proceed as described aboveafter the exit at Lochau-Hörbranz.

  By Public Transportation Take the train to Bregenz and then please take a taxi. Please do not go to Lochau by train or bus as there are no taxis available in Lochau.   By Plane Bregenz does not have an airport. There are several international airports nearby: Friedrichshafen (FDH, 30min by taxi) and Munich (MUC, 3h by train to Lindau and then 20min taxi) in Germany, Zurich Airport (ZRH, 1h train to Bregenz + 15min traxi) in Switzerland.   Download our guide  here

CfP EVOTE2014: Verifying the Vote

Call for Papers
6th International Conference on Electronic Voting

EVOTE2014: Verifying the Vote
Ten-Year Anniversary Conference

October 29 – 31, 2014
Lochau/Bregenz, Austria

This conference is one of the leading international event for e-voting experts from all over the world. One of its major objectives is provide a forum for interdisciplinary and open discussion of all issues relating to electronic voting. Cumulatively, over the years 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012 more than 450 experts from over 30 countries have attended this conference to discuss electronic voting and related topics. In so doing, they have established Bregenz as a regular forum and point of reference for the scientific community working with e-voting. Since this will be the tenth anniversary of the first conference, we would like to take the opportunity to look back and see what has been accomplished since 2004.

  • Discuss all forms of electronic voting (including, but not limited, to polling stations, kiosks and remote voting by electronic means);
  • Review developments in the area of electronic voting over the past ten years;
  • Analyze the theoretical and practical aspects of end-to-end verification of the use of electronic voting in elections;
  • Identify the interdisciplinary issues (in technology, law, politics, public administration and society) that arise in the design and implementation of an e-voting system;
  • Propose new ways of achieving the voting ideal of unambiguous identification of the voter and full anonymity of the vote as well as vote verifiability and voting system certification;
  • Discuss types of security requirements and testing needed to be in accordance with international security standards i.e., Common Criteria or ITSEC;
  • Report on implementations, their legal, organizational and technical frameworks, lessons learned and future plans;
  • Analyze the interrelationship with, and the effects of e-voting on, democratic institutions and processes as well as voter behavior;
  • Human aspects of verifiable elections;
  • Conduct social and political analyses of the impacts of electronic voting;
  • Discuss the risks, particularly the political and technical risks, of electronic voting.

The format of the conference is a three-day meeting that deals with the topics from a both a theoretical perspective and a practical one. Practical papers should use case studies. No parallel sessions will be held, and sufficient space will be given for informal communication.

[box title=”PhD Colloquium” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]Prior to the main conference, a one-day PhD colloquium is planned to take place on October 28. The call can be found here. [/box]

[box title=”Paper Submission” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]Complete paper submissions (3,500-4,500 words excluding abstract, figures and references, i.e., roughly 10 pages, double-spaced) will be subject to a double-blind review. Please submit anonymous submissions (with no reference to the authors). Electronic submissions can be made at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=evote2014, which also serves as an online system for the review process. During submission, please indicate whether your paper is a theoretical or practical one.[/box]

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  • 30 May 2014: Deadline for submission of papers (hard deadline, no extension)
  • 14 July 2014: Notification of acceptance
  • 15 August 2014: Deadline for camera-ready paper submission[/box]

[box title=”Publication” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]The conference proceedings will be available at the time of the conference. In addition to the print publication, electronic copies will also be available.[/box]

[box title=”Venue” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]The conference will be held in the beautiful Renaissance castle of Hofen at Lochau/Bregenz on the shores of Lake Constance in Austria.

On the evening of October 28 a welcome reception for all conference participants will be organized in castle Hofen, where also the conference dinner on October 30 will take place and feature the traditional “cheese road”.[/box]

[box title=”Conference Chairs” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]Krimmer, Robert (Estonia)
Volkamer, Melanie (Germany)[/box]

[box title=”International Programme Committee” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]Alvarez, Michael (USA)
Araujo, Roberto (Brazil)
Bannister, Frank (Ireland)
Barrat, Jordi (Spain)
Benaloh, Josh (USA)
Besselar, Peter van den (Netherlands)
Beznosov, Konstantin (Canada)
Bismark, David (Sweden)
Bock Segaard, Signe (Norway)
Braun Binder, Nadja (Germany)
Buchsbaum, Thomas (Ministry for European and International Affairs, Austria)
Bull, Christian (Norway)
Caarls, Susanne (Netherlands)
DeGregorio, Paul (USA)
Dittakavi, Chakrapani (India)
Drechsler, Wolfgang (Estonia)
Dubuis, Eric (Switzerland)
Gibson, Paul (France)
Gjosteen, Kristian (NTNU Trondheim, Norway)
Grechenig, Thomas (Austria)
Grimm, Ruediger (Germany)
Gronke, Paul (USA)
Haenni, Rolf (Switzerland)
Hall, Joe Lorenzo (USA)
Hall, Thad (USA)
Imamura, Catsumi (Brazil)
Kalvet, Tarmo (Estonia)
Kersting, Norbert (Germany)
Kim, Shin Dong (South Korea)
Kuesters, Ralf (University of Trier, Germany)
Koenig, Reto (Switzerland)
Nurmi, Hanno (Finland)
Prandini, Marco (Italy)
Pereira, Oliver (Belgium)
Pomares, Julia (Argentina)
Reniu, Josep Maria (Spain)
Rios, David (Spain)
Ruggeri, Fabrizio (CNR IMATI, Italy)
Ryan, Mark (United Kingdom)
Ryan, Peter Y A (Luxembourg)
Schneider, Steve (United Kingdom)
Schuermann, Carsten (Denmark)
Schoenmakers, Berry (Netherlands)
Serduelt, Uwe (Switzerland)
Stein, Robert (Austria)
Teague, Vanessa (Australia)
Tokaji, Dan (USA)
Trechsel, Alexander (Italy)
Wenda, Gregor (Austria)
Wikström, Douglas (Sweden)
Zagorski, Filip (Poland)
Zissis, Dimitris (Greece)[/box]

[box title=”PhD Colloquium Chairs” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]Koenig, Reto (Switzerland)
Barrat, Jordi (Spain)[/box]

[box title=”Organization Committee” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]Budurushi, Jurlind (Germany)
Traxler, Gisela (Austria)[/box]

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Jointly organized by

  • Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse School of Innovation and Governance
  • Technical University Darmstadt, CASED
  • Gesellschaft für Informatik Working Group E-Commerce and E-Government
  • E-Voting.CC GmbH Competence Center for Electronic Voting and Participation[/box]

[box title=”General Enquiries” centered_title=”false” with_bg=”false”]

EVOTE2014 Conference Secretariat

Mrs. Gisela Traxler

Visit also our Facebook page[/box]

Evaluation Report on First Austrian E-Voting Use

This evaluation report gives an overview of the first use of e-voting in a legally binding election in Austria. It is available in German only, however a short summary in English is given below.

Download the PDF of the report.

The use of e-voting for the elections to the Austrian Federation of students (Hochschülerinnen und Hochschülerschaftswahlen) was one of the most sophisticated e government projects in 2009. It was the task to complement the paper based voting with an electronic voting channel in order to create new opportunities to vote. Together with the implementation of e-voting the legal basis was adapted to include an electronic election administration.

This first of a kind implementation of e-voting in Austria was technically successful. Almost 1% (2.161) of the eligible students cast their votes electronically between 18th and 22nd of May 2009. For identification and authentication, they used the citizen card (the Austrian model of a smart card with digital signature) and a suitable smartcard-reader device, which was handed out for free. The anonymity was performed by using a cryptographic protocol in the post-electoral phase, similar to a paper based postal voting procedure. The e-voting servers were placed in two data centers of the Federal Computing Centre (Bundesrechenzentrum) to allow for fail-safe operation.

The use of the citizen card was appropriate because of its associated high safety and powerful legal standing. However the penetration of the citizen card is rather low at present. Therefore, the federal ministry of science and research started the initiative studi.gv.at with the purpose to raise awareness and penetration of the citizen card amongst students. While over 14.000 students made use of this opportunity, only a small portion of them used e-voting. Main reason to this is the general limited number of applications aimed at students which make use of this card. The general acceptance and with it the penetration numbers for this smart card will only be reached when a wide range and a large number of additional services are provided with appropriate functionality, especially for students.

The discussion around e-voting was rather controversial with clear pro and contra positions. On the one side the federal ministry of science and research and on the other side selected representatives of the federation of students. The discussion dominated the electoral campaigns and hurt the institution of the elections.

For future uses of e-voting in Austria the penetration of identification and authentication means has to be raised as well as a more positive atmosphere amongst the stakeholders has to be reached.