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Friday, August 1, 2003

Are Computerized Voting Systems a Threat to Democracy? Electronic Voting Panel Highlights USENIX Security Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Berkeley, CA --

The U.S. national elections in 2000 demonstrated numerous problems with punch-card voting systems. Many states are replacing such systems with new, computerized ones. Concerns have been raised regarding e-voting flaws and security holes that could lead to election fraud. Academic experts, government election specialists, and voting system manufacturers will discuss security requirements for managing our elections.

WHERE: 12th Annual USENIX Security Symposium
Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Road NW
Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.


  • Dan Wallach, Rice University (moderator) and Avi Rubin, Johns Hopkins University & Technical Director of the Hopkins Information Security Institute—author of a just-completed a controversial e-voting software analysis
  • David Elliot, Washington State, Office of the Secretary of State
  • David Dill, Stanford University
  • Douglas Jones, University of Iowa
  • Sanford Morganstein, Populex
  • Jim Adler, VoteHere

Runs August 4-8, 2003 featuring tutorials and invited talks on:

  • New directions in Trusted Computing
  • Electronic voting
  • Physical security realities
  • Defending Akamai's 13,000 servers
  • The Internet as the ultimate surveillance network
  • System hardening
  • QA in security products
  • Sandboxing malicious applications
  • Emerging security issues with 802.11 and SSL
  • The realities of site responsiveness to new security

KEYNOTE: "Reflections on a Decade of Pseudonymity," delivered by "Black Unicorn" will discuss the central role notions of identity, reputation, and trust play in security. He'll draw upon his cypherpunk background and studies of the dynamics of money-laundering, black markets, and narcotics smuggling.


USENIX Media Contact:
Wendy Grubow, River Meadow Communications · 831.626.7503 ·
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