The Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a latest technique that will allow the people to cast their online votes – even if their home computers are suspected of being infected with viruses. The technique offers a fresh contribution to the debate surrounding e-voting and could be ready for use in time for the 2020 or 2025 General Election in the UK, researchers said.
“This system works by employing a credit card-sized device similar to those used in online banking. It is called Du-Vote, and we have been developing it over the past two years. From the voter’s perspective, it’s straightforward: you receive a code on the device and type it back into the computer.” Said Professor Mark Ryan, Who Led The Study
This online vote system requires a strong security because of the possibility of undetectable interference in an election by foreign governments, criminal gangs, or pretty fraudsters. “The main advantage of this system is that it splits the security between the independent security device and a voter’s computer or mobile device.
Said Gurchetan Grewal:
Who is part of the project team and recently completed a PhD in online voting system at Birmingham!
Malware affects an estimated 20-40% of PCs globally, and specific election-targeting malware could be developed to attempt to alter vote cast or compromise ballot secrecy. “This is currently the only piece of work that addresses a core problem of e-voting — namely, that someone may have viruses or other malware on their computer,”
“For example, the system in Estonia, where they have already introduced online voting, does not deal with this potentially undetectable source of vote manipulation or breach of voter privacy,” Said Grewal.
“A computer is a hugely powerful, all-purpose machine running billions of lines of code that no one really understands, whereas the independent security device has a much, much smaller code base and is not susceptible to viruses,” Said Ryan.