by Innovation in Politics Institute
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Safe Participation in Kyiv: Condominium E-Voting

Democracy Technologies: Can you explain the basic idea of Condominium E-Voting? Kateryna Mohylnytska: As you know, we have a digital app called Kyiv Digital. Through this platform, we have managed to engage 2.6 million Kyivans, more than 83% of the city’s population. Condominium E-Voting was introduced due to the need for a more specialized tool […]

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The Trade Union E-Voting Impasse in The UK

The impasse surrounding electronic voting in trade unions in the UK presents a complex situation with implications for democracy, workers' rights, and government influence. Despite the potential benefits to union inclusiveness, a government-commissioned review recommended implementing a pilot program given potential security risks. However, the government has yet to respond formally to the policy review on electronic balloting, even though it was published in 2017.

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There and Back Again – The Story of Pakistan’s Brief Experiment with Electronic Voting

In 2021 Pakistan tried introducing electronic voting machines. In 2022 that decision was reversed. What went wrong and what can we learn?

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Lessons in Election Technologies from Nigeria

Ahead of a series of elections in 2023, Nigeria’s electoral authority introduced the new Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS), which uses facial recognition and fingerprinting to authenticate voters. In theory it was a big step towards electoral integrity – but on election day, almost nothing went as planned. Daniel Stefanov reports on what went wrong, and what lessons we can take away from it.

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Everyone Can Be an Election Observer With Self-Enforcing e-Voting

Think back to the last time you voted. How certain are you that your vote was counted correctly? It doesn’t matter how you voted – using a paper ballot or a voting machine, by post, or online. Currently, there is no system in use in large-scale political elections anywhere in the world that allows voters […]

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Technology at All Stages of the Electoral Process

Elections are the core of the democratic process. Some of the first documented elections took place around 500 BC in Ancient Greece, where male landowners wrote the name of the candidate they most wanted exiled for the next ten years on broken pieces of clay pots. If the threshold of 6000 votes was met, the […]

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Voting From Abroad – Partial Digitalisation in 5 Upcoming Elections

Overseas voting would seem to be an obvious use case for digital democracy. Yet for citizens living abroad voting can be an odd mix of old and new.

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How E-Voting Can Boost Political Responsiveness

Whether we vote manually or using voting machines may seem like a purely formal matter. Yet the case of Brazil demonstrates how a voting system can actually improve citizens’ well-being through higher and more equal political participation.

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Switzerland Resumes i-Voting Trials Ahead of Federal Election

When Swiss voters head to the polls in October for the country’s federal elections, there’s a good chance that a modest proportion of ballots will be cast online using Swiss Post’s revamped i-voting system. The prospect has been welcomed by many Swiss living abroad. Furthermore, repeated polls in recent years suggest that a majority of […]

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The Front Lines of Digital Democracy – Securing i-Voting in Estonia

Estonia is seen as leading the way when it comes to i-Voting. Yet even with an established foundation, i-Voting is always facing fresh challenges.

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Bulgaria’s Ongoing Voting Machine Saga

After a rapid series of changes to voting rules, Bulgarians are using a variety of paper ballots and machine voting, which is the result of an ongoing struggle between opposing parties. The means of voting itself has become a political issue, threatening to undermine public confidence in the elections.

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Blockchain Voting: Decentralised, Transparent Elections?

Blockchain technology could provide essential security features for i-voting. South Korea, Greenland and the USA, are exploring possible implementations. In this article, we investigate the current state of Blockchain-based election systems.

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Glorified Printers: The Uncertain Future of Bulgaria’s Voting Machines

The reinstatement of paper ballots in Bulgaria has raised fears of a return to vote buying and electoral manipulation.

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“Politicians are afraid of instruments they do not control”

Multicast's CEO Giovanni Di Sotto and CTO Roberto Spagna talk about their SkyVote platform, the challenges of hosting a primary online, and the status of e-voting in Italy.

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Hackers Test Swiss Post’s New i-Voting System

Swiss Post’s internet voting system has withstood over 60,000 attacks by ethical hackers. But obstacles remain to a full roll-out of the system.

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