Upcoming event: IAVoSS Workshop On Trustworthy Elections (WOTE 2007) in Ottawa, Canada, June 20-21, 2007.

IAVoSS Workshop On Trustworthy Elections (WOTE 2006)

Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom

June 29 - June 30, 2006

Sponsored by

Held in conjunction with
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6th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies
Robinson College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
June 28 - June 30, 2006

Call for Participation


Please fill out the WOTE 2006 registration form

Preliminary program

The program will be available soon here. See preliminary program for now.


The workshop is organized by IAVoSS, the International Association for Voting Systems Sciences, in association with the 6th Workshop on Privacy Enhancing Technologies. It follows in the tradition of the series of workshops devoted to cryptographic voting methods, such as WOTE '01, the DIMACS Workshop 2004, FEE 2005, and the NeSC Workshop on e-voting and e-democracy.

Scope and Objectives

Democracy and voting systems have received considerable attention of late, with the validity of many elections around the world being called into question. The US experience demonstrates that simply deploying technological “solutions” does not solve the problem and can easily exacerbate it. The aim of the workshop is to present and discuss promising technologies and schemes to achieve high assurance of accuracy and privacy in the casting and counting of votes.

The challenge is highly socio-technical in nature and requires an excellent understanding of the potentialities and dangers of technological approaches as well as an appreciation of the social, legal and political impact. The workshop thus aims to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and industry as well policy makers, voting officials, whose work relates to electronic voting systems, to evaluate the state of the art, to share practical experiences, and to look for possible enhancements. The overall aim then is to stimulate discourse between the various stakeholders and enhance the understanding of voting technologies and practices.

Topics include but are not limited to:
  • Requirements
  • Election integrity
  • Ballot secrecy
  • Voter anonymity
  • Voter authentication
  • Receipts and coercion resistance
  • Anonymous channels
  • Secure bulletin boards
  • Threat models
  • Formal security analysis
  • Registration systems
  • Electoral systems
  • Public acceptability
  • Case studies of electronic voting experiments
  • Usability of voting systems
  • Accessibility of voting
  • Effects of voting technology on voter behavior
  • Privacy, verifiability and transparency in e-voting
  • The role of e-voting within e-democracy
  • The relation between e-voting and models of democracy
  • Philosophical, ethical and legal aspects
  • E-voting, human rights and the digital divide
  • History of voting technology


The workshop will consist of invited keynote presentations and contributed presentations. Panel discussions are also anticipated and submissions of suitable topics, with or without a moderator or example participants are welcome. Accepted papers, abstracts and panel proposals will appear online.

A separate category of presentations, Informal Communications, encourages preliminary ideas or status updates and requires only a short summary be submitted that may even relate to submissions to other conferences.

Our intention is to publish a special edition of selected papers in a major security journal. Acceptance of an extended abstract does not preclude publication elsewhere. Submissions from PC members are welcomed.

Student stipends

There will be some funding available for student stipends. If you would like to apply for a stipend please contact the General Chair with a brief justification peter.ryan@ncl.ac.uk.

System Demos

There will also be an opportunity to demo systems and prototypes the evening of Wednesday the 28th. Please apply to the General Chair peter.ryan@ncl.ac.uk.

Invited Speakers


Potential Sponsors

Please contact the General Chair at peter.ryan@ncl.ac.uk.

General Chair

Program Chairs

Program Committee

Last updated Tuesday, 27-Feb-2007 18:09:31 CET by Berry Schoenmakers.