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duncandsDr. Duncan Buell

Contact

email via duncan@electionverification.org

Bio

Dr. Buell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He has been chair of the department, interim dean of the college, and holds the NCR Chair in Computer Science and Engineering. Previous employment included fifteen years at the Supercomputing Research Center/Center for Computing Sciences of the Institute for Defense Analyses. Duncan has experience in big data computations, cryptographic mathematics, and the design of specialized hardware systems. He has worked with the League of Women Voters of South Carolina in the analysis of election data in South Carolina, and his software has been used for election data analysis in other states that use similar voting machines. He has been an expert witness on issues of open records for election data and intellectual property claims in software and hardware systems and served as technical consultant in the analysis of very long lines in Richland County SC in the 2012 general election.

Expert Areas

Correctness and security of electronic election systems, analysis and audit of election data for correctness and completeness, Internet voting.

Nature of Communications

Willing to be interviewed on the record for national and regional media (written or recorded), available for television and radio interviews; available as an expert witness (pro bono or paid, depending upon the client).


dougjonesdsDr. Douglas W. Jones

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Bio

Douglas W. Jones is on the computer science faculty at the University of Iowa, where he has been since 1980. He co-authored “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?” with Barbara Simons, His involvement with electronic voting began in 1994, when he volunteered to serve on the Iowa Board of Examiners for Voting Machines and Electronic Voting Systems. He chaired the board from 1999 to 2003, and has testified before the US Commission on Civil Rights, the House Committee on Science and the Federal Election Commission. He was a co-principal investigator in the NSF funded multi-institution research center, ACCURATE (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections), from 2005-2011. Outside the US, he worked as an election observer in Kazakhstan and the Netherlands. Jones was also the technical advisor for the Emmy nominated HBO documentary “Hacking Democracy” released in 2006.

Jones received a B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1973, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1976 and 1980 respectively.

Expert Areas

Voting technology, how we came to vote using technology, voting system acquisition and evaluation.

Nature of Communications

Prefer initial contact by e-mail, Willing to be interviewed on the record for national and regional media (print or broadcast), available for television and radio interviews; available as an expert witness.


kiniryzDr. Joseph Kiniry

Contact

email via joe@electionverification.org

Bio

Dr. Kiniry is a Principal Investigator at Galois and the Principled CEO and Chief Scientist at Free & Fair. Over the past decade he has held permanent positions at four universities in Denmark, Ireland, and The Netherlands. Joe has extensive experience in formal methods, high-assurance software engineering, foundations of computer science and mathematics, and information security. He has over ten years experience in the design, development, support, and auditing of supervised and internet/remote electronic voting systems. He co-led the DemTech research group at the IT University of Copenhagen and has served as an adviser to the Dutch, Irish, and Danish governments in matters relating to electronic voting.

Expert Areas

Elections systems correctness and security, certification of election systems, hacking election systems, hacktivism, systems and election auditing, risk-limiting audits, the modern state of affairs in Internet Voting, the current worldwide state of the elections business, elections methods and technology in the USA and around the rest of the world.

Nature of Communications

Willing to go on the record for major national and regional media (written or recorded), available for television and radio interviews; available for expert witness consulting (pro bono or paid, depending upon the client).


simonsdsDr. Barbara Simons

Contact

email via barbara@electionverification.org

Bio

Dr. Simons has been on the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission since 2008. She co-authored “Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?” with Prof. Douglas Jones. She was a member of the National Workshop on Internet Voting that was convened at the request of President Clinton and produced a report on Internet Voting in 2001. She participated on the Security Peer Review Group for the US Department of Defense’s Internet voting project (SERVE) and co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of SERVE because of security concerns. Simons co-chaired the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) study of statewide databases of registered voters, she co-authored the League of Women Voters report on election auditing, and she co-authored the July 2015 report of the U.S. Vote Foundation entitled “The Future of Voting: End-to-End Verifiable Internet Voting”. Simons is a former President of ACM, the oldest and largest international educational and scientific society for computing professionals. She is retired from IBM Research and is Board Chair of Verified Voting.

Expert Areas

Correctness and security of electronic election systems; policy issues relating to voting technology; Internet voting in the U.S., Canada, and Estonia.

Nature of Communications

Willing to be interviewed on the record for major national and regional media (written or recorded), available for television and radio interviews.


teaguedsDr. Vanessa Teague

Contact

email via vanessa@electionverification.org

Bio

Dr Vanessa Teague is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia.

Her main research interest is in electronic voting, with a focus on cryptographic schemes for end-to-end verifiable elections and a special interest in complex voting schemes such as IRV and STV. She was a major contributor to the Victorian Electoral Commission’s end-to-end verifiable electronic voting project, the first of its kind to run at a state level anywhere in the world, joint work with Chris Culnane, Peter Ryan and Steve Schneider. She recently discovered, with Alex Halderman, serious security vulnerabilities in the NSW iVote Internet voting system.

She is on the advisory board of Verified Voting and has been co-chair of the USENIX Electronic Voting Technologies Workshop and the (European) International conference on E-voting and identity.

This year she was awarded the EVN’s award for research excellence in e-voting integrity.

Expert Areas

Verification of electronic election outcomes, particularly cryptographic verification protocols and complex voting schemes such as IRV and STV.

Nature of Communications

Willing to be interviewed on the record for national and regional media (written or recorded), available for television and radio interviews; available as an expert witness (pro bono or paid, depending upon the client).


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.