Ask an Elections Expert – Cybersecurity

Ask an Elections Expert – Cybersecurity

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newbenalohdsJosh Benaloh

Contact

email via josh@electionverification.org

Bio

Josh Benaloh is Senior Cryptographer at Microsoft Research and an elected director of the International Association for Cryptologic Research. He earned his S.B degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.S., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University where his 1987 doctoral dissertation, Verifiable Secret-Ballot Elections, introduced the use of homomorphic encryption to enable end-to-end verifiable election technologies. Dr. Benaloh’s numerous research publications in cryptography and voting have pioneered new technologies including the “cast or spoil” paradigm that brings voters into the verification process with minimal burden. He has served on the program committees of dozens of cryptography and election-related conferences and workshops and is a frequent speaker on the history, development, and mechanisms behind verifiable voting.  Among other side interests, Dr. Benaloh recently completed two years as chair of the Citizen Oversight Panel for the Seattle region’s Sound Transit agency that is currently investing about $1 billion per annum in improving the region’s mass transit infrastructure. He has also authored numerous puzzles used in a variety of Seattle-area puzzle competitions.

Expert Areas

Verifiable Election Technologies

Nature of Communications

Limited


newrivestdsRon Rivest

Contact

email via ron@electionverification.org

Bio

Ron Rivest is an Institute Professor at MIT in EECS, CSAIL, the Theory Group and the Cryptography and Information Security Group.  His research includes cryptography, security, algorithms, and voting systems.  Rivest is a co-inventor of the RSA public-key cryptosystem, a founder of RSA and of Verisign.  He received the 2002 ACM Turing Award with Adi Shamir and Len Adleman.  He is a co-author of “Introduction to Algorithms”, a member of the NAE and the NAS, and a fellow of ACM, IACR, and AAAS.  He is on the EPIC Advisory Board and the board of Verified Voting.

Expert Areas

Election systems correctness and security, certification of election systems, election auditing, risk-limiting audits, end-to-end verifiable voting system, the insecurity of Internet Voting.

Nature of Communications

Willing to go on the record for major national and regional media (written or recorded), available for television and radio interviews. (On sabbatical Fall 2016, so availability may be somewhat limited.)


Dan WallachDan Wallach

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Bio

Dan S. Wallach is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, where he has been for 18 years. His research considers a variety of topics in computer security, including electronic voting systems security, where he served as the director of an NSF-funded multi-institution research center, ACCURATE (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections), from 2005-2011. He has also served as a member of the Air Force Science Advisory Board (2011-2015) and the USENIX Association Board of Directors (2011-2013).

Wallach earned his M.A. (1995) and PhD (1999) from Princeton University, advised by Profs. Edward Felten and Andrew Appel. He earned his B.S. EE/CS from the University of California, at Berkeley (1993).

Expert Areas

Computer security, including the security of electronic voting systems.

Nature of Communications

Prefer email communications.