[LINK] Firm makes bid for Internet voting franchises

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Thu Oct 12 08:39:05 AEST 2006

Howard Lowndes wrote:
> <hfl>
> Has anyone got any goss on  the Australian connection mentioned in 
> this article, or are they blowing smoke?
> </hfl>

> Hewlett-Packard, in partnership with Scytl Secure Electronic Voting, 
> designed the software for electronic voting. Scytl is a world-leading 
> expert in secure voting systems. The system includes a number of 
> security features to ensure that your vote is accurately recorded and 
> stored safely.
What I love about this industry: every company is a market leader.

> http://theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=35008
> SPANISH COMPANY Scytl said that the market for secure electronic 
> voting will be worth around $1 billion in 2008.
> And the firm reckons that all the cafuffle over electronic voting in 
> the US won't affect its ability to grab a big chunk of that cash.
> The firm, backed by two VC funds, said that its system applications, 
> called Pnyx, has already been used in Switzerland, Australia, the US, 
> Brazil and Estonia.
> The firm acknowledges that technical problems have marred the image of 
> e-voting. But it claimed that the touch screen voting system in the 
> States isn't related to Internet e-voting.
> Its approach, it said, is to make the system transpartent. It opens 
> the source code both to the electoral boards and to third party 
> interested peer groups.
> The risks of e-voting, said Scytl, include potential internal 
> attackers, digital nature of votes, and a lack of transparency but 
> claims to have overcome these by having a direct interaction between 
> voter and electoral board, which avoids having to place trust on the 
> intermediary technology.
> It claims that its system makes it impossible to add bogus votes and 
> even allows a voter to verify her or his decision.
> Interestingly, the firm has a strategic alliance with HP worldwide, 
> and also has regional distribution agreements with Oracle EMEA, 
> Accenture and Sandstorm.
> The system costs one Euro per vote, compared to around six or seven 
> for paper voting systems.

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