Estonia makes electronic voting software source code publicly




The voting committee in charge of the online votes of citizens in Estonia, the source code of the server published. The Estonian government wants to provide transparency in the voting process and possible vulnerabilities in the software can find faster.

Stemknop In Estonia was introduced in 2005, the opportunity to spend one vote. Via internet It is necessary for the user identification a smartcard. Since then there have been five rounds of elections held in the Baltic principality, including parliamentary and European elections where electronic voting was possible. In the elections in 2011, 24 percent of the votes cast in this way.

The voting committee responsible for the electronic voting process last week decided to release the source code of the underlying ivote server software so reports the Estonian Public Broadcasting. The source code was already available to interested parties, but they must register and sign a confidentiality agreement. Meanwhile, the code can be found on GitHub. ivote of software

With the publication of the software code hopes the government in Estonia to find. Possible vulnerabilities Also says the government wants to promote transparency in the electronic voting process as possible. Although so far no concrete hacks known at the Estonian e-voting system, there are theoretical discovered security holes.

Estonia is the possibility for citizens to spend several years ahead in Europe. Their vote over the internet In the upcoming municipal elections in October will be released an Android application that allows voters to check that their voice is processed in the underlying ivote system correctly. In the elections in 2011 was already using a smartphone with a special security chip tuned to.


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