E-Vote-ID 2020 – Conference Going Digital
Fifth International Joint Conference on Electronic Voting
6–9 October 2020 · Bregenz, Austria
In these challenging COVID-19 times, the question on how to deal with democracy during a pandemic has been raised by several voices. We consider that keeping the conference, albeit in digital format, is not only an academic responsibility, but also responds to the need for an active focus on electronic voting by facilitating high quality debates and responses.
General Chairs: Krimmer, Robert (Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse Department, Estonia), Volkamer, Melanie (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany)
This is the fifth edition of one of the leading international events for e-voting experts from all over the world. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the conference will this year take a digital format.
One of its major objectives is to provide a forum for interdisciplinary and open discussion of all issues relating to electronic voting. In the first 4 editions, more than 120 presentations had been discussed, gathering more than 400 participants.
The aim of the conference is to bring together e-voting specialists working in academia, politics, government and
industry in order to discuss various aspects of all forms of electronic voting (including, but not limited to, polling stations, kiosks, ballot scanners and remote voting by electronic means) in the four following tracks below and a PhD colloquium:
Track on Security, Usability and Technical Issues
Chairs: Beckert, Bernhard (Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Germany) Küsters, Ralf (University of Stuttgart, Germany) and Kulyk, Oksana (IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Design, analysis, formal modeling or research implementation of:
- Electronic voting protocols and systems;
- Voter identification and authentication;
- Ballot secrecy, receipt-freeness and coercion resistance;
- Election verification including end-to-end verifiability and risk limiting audits;
- Evaluation and certification, including international security standards, e.g. Common Criteria or ITSEC;
- Human aspects of security mechanisms in electronic voting and in particular of verifiability mechanisms;
- Or any other security and HCI issues relevant to electronic
Track on Administrative, Legal, Political and Social Issues
Chairs: Duenas-Cid, David (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia & Kozminski University, Poland), Solvak, Mihkel (University of Tartu, Estonia)
- Discuss legal, political and social issues of electronic
voting implementations, ideally employing case study
- Analyze the interrelationship with, and the effects
of electronic voting on democratic institutions and
- Assess the cultural impact of electronic voting on
institutions, behaviours and attitudes of the Digital Era;
- Discuss the administrative, legal, political and social risks
of electronic voting;
- How to draft electronic voting legislations;
- Public administrations and the implementation of electronic voting;
- Understandability, transparency, and trust issues in electronic voting;
- Data protection issues;
- Public interests vs. PPP (public private partnerships).
Track on Election and Practical Experiences
Chairs: Spycher, Oliver (Swiss Federal Chancellery, Switzerland) and Martin-Rozumilowicz, Beata (International Foundation for Electoral Systems, USA)
- Review developments in the area of applied electronic voting;
- Report on experiences with electronic voting or the preparation thereof (including reports on development and implementation, case law, court decisions, legislative steps, public and political debates, election outcomes, etc.);
Contributions in this track will be published in TalTech press proceedings only. These experience and practical reports need not contain original research, but must be an accurate, complete and, where applicable, evidence-based account of the technology or system used. Submissions will be judged on quality of review and level of analysis, and the applicability of the results to other democracies.
Track on Posters and E-Voting System Demo
Chair: Rønne, Peter (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg) and Glondu, Stéphane (Institut National de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies du Numérique, France)
The Poster and Demo session will be replaced with shorter presentations in a format to be determined.
Participation is open to all conference participants, but we request a Short Paper (two pages) by 15 September submitted via Easychair describing the system’s requirements and properties, such as:
- whether the system is intended for use in controlled (i.e. in polling stations) or uncontrolled environments (i.e. remotely via the Internet or in kiosks);
- which types of elections it accommodates;
- whether it addresses the needs of voters with disabilities;
- what sort of verifiability it provides;
- the extent to which it guarantees vote privacy;
- whether it has been deployed in a real election;
- where to go for more information.
Chairs: Driza Maurer, Ardita (Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau/Zurich University, Switzerland) and Krivonosova, Iuliia (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
The goal of the colloquium is to foster understanding and collaboration between PhD students from various disciplines working on e-voting. To this end, the program allows plenty of space for discussion and initiating collaboration based on presentations by attendees.
Each interested participant should submit his/her research proposal (or alternatively ideas for papers, open problems, or other issues where feedback from colleagues would be helpful etc.) on the shaper of a short paper (two pages length) using the conference platform.
Rønne, Peter (University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg), Krivonosova, Iuliia (Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia)
Format of the Conference
Unfortunately, we will not be able to meet in person in Bregenz this year, but we will arrange a digital conference. We will take input from upcoming digital conferences to determine the best possible format. The dates will still be 6–9 October 2020.
Paper submissions can be in two formats — either as a full paper or an abstract.
- Full paper submissions (max 16 pages in LNCS format all-in);
- Short Paper submissions (max 2 pages in LNCS format all-in).
All submissions will be subject to double-blind reviews. Submissions must be anonymous (with no reference to the authors). Submissions are to be made using the EasyChair conference system at https://www.easychair.org/ conferences/?conf=evoteid2020, which serves as the online system for the review process. During submission, please select the appropriate track or the PhD colloquium. The track chairs reserve the right to re-assign papers to other tracks in case of better fit based on reviewer feedback and in coordination with other track chairs. LNCS style has to be used (see the Springer guidelines at http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/ conference-proceedings-guidelines, including templates for LaTeX and Microsoft Word). If you think that one or more of the programme committee members could have a conflict of interest with your submission, please let the general chairs know at firstname.lastname@example.org. In turn, according settings in the EasyChair system will be set, so that the respective member/s is/are not involved in the review process.
Accepted papers will be presented at the digital conference, but the opportunity to present the works at next year’s, hopefully, physical conference will be given.
Key Dates for Submissions
(Hawaiian time, hard deadline, no extension) 15
Notification of Acceptance: 24
June July 2020
Deadline for submission of papers for the Track on Election and Practical Experiences and the PhD Colloquium: 10 July 2020
Deadline for Camera-ready Paper Submissions:
24 July 20 August 2020
Deadline for Poster Submission and Short Papers for E-Voting System Demo Session: 15 September 2020
The conference proceedings will be available at the time of the conference. Full papers accepted for the tracks on security, usability, and technical issues, respective administrative, legal, political, and social issues will be published in Springer LNCS.
All other accepted publications, including full papers in the election experience track, accepted abstracts in any of the tracks, and from the submissions in the PhD colloquium will be published in proceedings with TalTech press.
In case your academic host institution requires you to publish your research as open-access only, please contact the conference chairs for further information in which way it is intended to make accepted publications accessible.
The conference will be held in the Renaissance castle of Hofen at Lochau/Bregenz on the shores of Lake Constance in Austria.
On the evening of 6 October a welcome reception for all conference participants will be organized in castle Hofen, where also the conference dinner on 8 October will take place and feature the traditional “cheese road”.
The conference will be determined at a later stage taking into account the digital nature of the conference.
Track on Security, Usability, and Technical Issues
Benaloh, Josh (Microsoft Research, US)
Bernhard, Matthew (Univerity of Michigan, US)
Cortier, Véronique (INRIA-LORIA, FR)
Essex, Aleksander (Western University, CA)
Gibson, Paul (Telecom SudParis, FR)
Giustolisi, Rosario (IT University Copenhagen, DK)
Gjosteen, Kristian (NTNU Trondheim, NO)
Goré, Rajeev (Australian National University, AU)
Grimm, Rüdiger (University of Koblenz, DE)
Haenni, Rolf (Bern University of Applied Science, CH)
Haines, Thomas (Polyas, DK)
Müller, Johannes (University of Luxembourg, LU)
Naumann, Stephan (Darmstadt Technical University, DE)
Pereira, Olivier (UC Louvain, BE)
Rønne, Peter (University of Luxembourg, LU)
Ryan, Mark (University of Birmingham, UK)
Ryan, Peter Y.A. (University of Luxembourg, LU)
Schneider, Steve (University of Surrey, UK)
Schoenmakers, Berry (University of Amsterdam, NL)
Schürmann, Carsten (IT University Copenhagen, DK)
Stark, Philip (University of Berkeley, US)
Teague, Vanessa (University of Melbourne, AU)
Truderung, Tomasz (Polyas, DE)
Wen, Roland (UNSW Sydney, AU)
Willemson, Jan (Cybernetica, EE)
Track on Administrative, Legal, Political and Social Issues
Aranyossy, Marta (Corvinus University, HU)
Barrat, Jordi (EVOL2 – eVoting Research Lab, ES)
Braun Binder, Nadja (University of Zurich, CH)
Darnolf, Staffan (IFES, US)
Eenma-Dimitrieva, Helena (University of Tartu, EE)
Germann, Micha (KU Leuven, BE)
Goodman, Nicole (University of Toronto, CA)
James, Toby (University of East Anglia, UK)
Musiał-Karg, Magdalena (Adam Mickiewicz University, PL)
Nemaslaki, András (Budapest University of Technology and Economics, HU)
Nurmi, Hannu (University of Turku, FI)
Pammett, Jon (University of Carleton, CA)
Reniu, Josep Maria (University of Barcelona, ES)
Sasvari, Peter (National University of Public Service, HU)
Serdült, Uwe (Ritsumeikan University, JP)
Soares, Delfina (UNU-EGOV, PT)
Vinkel, Priit (National Election Commission, EE)
Track on Election and Practical Experience
Bismark, David (Votato, SE)
Bull, Christian (Telenor, NO)
Caarls, Susanne (Independent Expert, NL)
Catozzi, Gianpiero (EC-UNDP, BE)
Chanussot, Thomas (Independent Expert, FR)
Chelleri, Riccardo (Desk Officer – EU Council, BE)
Driza Maurer, Ardita (Independent Expert, CH)
Egger, Philipp (State Chancellery of St. Gallen, CH)
Franklin, Joshua (OutStack, US)
Loeber, Leontine (Council of State, NL)
Macias, Ryan (Independent Expert, US)
McDermott, Ronan (Independent Expert, CH)
Misev, Vladimir (Senior Election Advisor – OSCE/ODIHR, PL)
Past, Liisa (Chief National Cyber Risk Officer, EE)
Petrov, Goran (Independent Expert, MK)
Plante, Stephanie (University of Ottawa, CA)
Vollan, Kåre (Quality AS, NO)
Wolf, Peter (International IDEA, SE)
Wenda, Gregor (Federal Ministry of the Interior, AT)
Yard, Mike (Independent Expert, US)