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BoRoVo (Boardroom Voting)

Motivation

One of the possible practical applications of electronic voting protocols are the elections of smaller scale, such as among board of directors, in university committees, or in classrooms. Such elections are often conducted among small groups of voters, in ad hoc way, and with limited central infrastructure, thus posing a different set of challenges, than large-scale political elections. Currently, they are most often conducted via raising of hands or paper voting, which, however, excludes the voters, that are not physically present in the same room as others, from participating in the voting. Therefore, an application that enables secure remote electronic voting, would be practical in cases of some of the voters being able to participate also while travelling or not being able to attend the meeting in person for some other reason. A typical application setting for such voting is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: A typical application setting for boardroom voting: A group of four people needs to come to a sensitive decision.

Results

For enabling decentralised boardroom voting, BoRoVo, an application for Android smartphones has been developed, implementing a protocol that enables private, verifiable and robust decentralized boardroom voting and elections. The usability of the application was evaluated in user studies, resulting in usability score well above average (84,58 out of 100).

The BoRoVo application with the user manual is available on request. 

The development of the application and the application have been presented at several scientific venues, e.g. at the 6th International Conference on Electronic Voting (EVOTE) 2014 (see Figure 2).

 

Figure 2: Oksana Kulyk presenting the development process of the BoRoVo application at the EVOTE 2014 conference.

Acknowledgement

The project 'BoRoVo': Board Room Voting is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) under grant no. 01IS12054. The authors assume responsibility for the content.

References

Efficiency Evaluation of Cryptographic Protocols for Boardroom Voting External Link.
Kulyk, O.; Neumann, S.; Budurushi, J.; Volkamer, M.; Haenni, R.; Koenig, R.; Bergen, P. von.
2015. International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES), Toulouse, France, 24.-28.08.2015, 224–229, IEEE, Piscataway, NJ. doi:10.1109/ARES.2015.75 External Link

Electronic Voting with Fully Distributed Trust and Maximized Flexibility Regarding Ballot Design External Link.
Kulyk, O.; Feier, C.; Köster, T.; Neumann, S.; Volkamer, M.
2014. Electronic Voting: Verifying the Vote (EVOTE), Lochau, Austria, 29-31 October 2014, 1–10, IEEE, Piscataway (NJ). doi:10.1109/EVOTE.2014.7001142 External Link

A Usable Android Application Implementing Distributed Cryptography For Election Authorities External Link.
Neumann, S.; Kulyk, O.; Volkamer, M.
2014. Ninth International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES) - Ninth International Workshop on Frontiers in Availability, Reliability, and Security (FARES), Fribourg, Switzerland, 8-12 September 2014, 207–2016, IEEE, Piscataway (NJ). doi:10.1109/ARES.2014.35 External Link

Towards a Practical Cryptographic Voting Scheme Based on Malleable Proofs External Link.
Bernhard, D.; Neumann, S.; Volkamer, M.
2013. E-voting and identity : 4th International Conference, Vote-ID 2013, Guildford, UK, July 17-19, 2013 ; proceedings. Ed..: Schneider, Steve; Heather, James; Teague, Vanessa, 176–192, Springer, Berlin. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-39185-9_11 External Link