September 11, 2008: Seminar: Edward W. Felten: "Electronic Voting: Danger and Opportunity"

The University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of Computer Science

2008-2009 Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series

Electronic Voting: Danger and Opportunity

Edward W. Felten
Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs
Princeton University

October 17, 2008
11:00 a.m., Lecture Center B1


Electronic voting machines have made our elections less reliable and less secure, but recent developments offer hope of a better system in the future. Current research offers the hope of a future voting system that is more reliable and more secure than ever before, at reasonable cost, by combining high-tech and low-tech methods so that each can compensate for the weaknesses of the other. This talk will sketch what this future might look like, and will highlight some of the research that may make it possible.

Brief Bio:

Edward W. Felten is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and is the founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about eighty papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law, and policy.

He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified in other important lawsuits. He has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.

Host: Venkat Venkatakrishnan

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