Monday, April 8, 2013

Talk at Mills: "I Can Bank Online; Why Can't I Vote Online?"

Please join us for a fascinating talk by Dr. Barbara Simons, an eminent computer scientist and an expert on electronic voting.

"I Can Bank Online; Why Can't I Vote Online?"
Thursday, April 11 ~ 4-5 PM
NSB 215  ~  Refreshments will be served

There is a widespread perception that Internet voting is the wave of the future and a way to save money while increasing voter participation, especially by young people. There is also strong pressure to adopt Internet voting in the U.S. for voters with disabilities and for members of the military and civilians living abroad. Consequently, Internet voting is currently being deployed in some states and considered by others.

Do you know what your state is doing? Do you think you can bank online? Come and find out!

This event is free and open to the public.
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Dr. Simons recently published "Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?," a book on voting machines co-authored with Douglas Jones. She was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in 2008 by Sen. Harry Reid, and she co-authored the report that led to the cancellation of the Department of Defense?s internet voting project (SERVE) because of security concerns. A former Association for Computing Machinery President, Simons co-chaired the ACM study of statewide databases of registered voters. She also co-authored the League of Women Voters report on election auditing.

Simons, who is retired from IBM Research, is the only woman to have received the Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at U.C. Berkeley. She is a Fellow of ACM and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she has received several awards, including the Computing Research Association Distinguished Service Award and the Electronic Frontier Foundation Pioneer Award.

Sponsored by the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science and the Office of Graduate Admissions.

For further information, please contact Prof. Susan Wang:

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