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Securing Digital Democracy

2018/2019
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered at:
eLearning Office
Course type:
Elective course
When:
1 year, 4 module

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course will provide the technical background and public policy foundation that 21st century citizens need to understand the electronic voting debate. Students will learn how electronic voting and Internet voting technologies work, why they are being introduced, and what problems they aim to solve. Students will also learn about the computer- and Internet-security risks these systems face and the serious vulnerabilities that recent research has demonstrated. Widely used safeguards, checks, and balances will be covered and the reasons why they are often inadequate. Finally, students will see how computer technology has the potential to improve election security, if it's applied intelligently.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be guided towards in-depth reading on the topics and given the opportunity to develop their the skills of analysis and synthesis of theoretical and methodological issues. Students will also be equipped with the core analytical skills necessary to engage in research on digital democracy, including data collection, analysis and presentation. Past, present, and future of election technologies are discussed and the various spaces intersected by voting, including computer security, human factors, public policy, and more are explored.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • имеет представление об истории голосования и технологиях e-voting
  • имеет представление о том, что законодательство и структура, регулирующая оборудование для голосования, были неэффективны при устранении технологических рисков - рисков, которые часто опережают понимание администраторов выборов.
  • имеет представление о различных процедурах голосования в мире
  • имеет представление о парадигме для оценки удобства использования компьютеров.
  • имеет представление о подсчете голосов, аудите и подсчете голосов после выборов, других аспектах выборов. Почему аудит имеет значение
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Voting as a Security Problem
    Approaching voting problems with the security mindset
  • Computers at the Polls
    Voting enters the computing age
  • Security Procedures and Voting Around the World
    Methods for ensuring the security of democracy
  • Human Factors and Internet Voting
    Users don't always behave as expected, even when voting
  • New Technology and Policy
    Post-Election Auditing;End-to-End Verifiable Voting
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking тест
  • non-blocking эссе
  • non-blocking презентация
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * презентация + 0.4 * тест + 0.4 * эссе
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • BINDER, N. B., KRIMMER, R., WENDA, G., & FISCHER, D.-H. (2019). International Standards and ICT Projects in Public Administration: Introducing Electronic Voting in Norway, Estonia and Switzerland Compared. Administrative Culture, 19(2), 8–22. https://doi.org/10.32994/hk.v19i2.215

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Fidel Perez-Sebastian, & Ohad Raveh. (2019). Federal tax policies, congressional voting and natural resources. Canadian Journal of Economics, (3), 1112. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cje.issued.v52y2019i3p1112.1164
  • Jensen, J. B., Quinn, D. P., & Weymouth, S. (2017). Winners and Losers in International Trade: The Effects on US Presidential Voting. International Organization, (03), 423. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.intorg.v71y2017i03p423.457.00
  • MARSH, M. (2017). Voting behaviour in referendums ; Routledge Handbook of Elections, Voting Behaviour and Public Opinion. Ireland, Europe: Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C26EFFF4