In this course, students will learn what every citizen should know about the security risks and future potential of electronic voting and Internet voting.
About the course
Computer technology has transformed how we participate in democracy. The way we cast our votes, the way our votes are counted, and the way we choose who will lead are increasingly controlled by invisible computer software. Most U.S. states have adopted electronic voting, and countries around the world are starting to collect votes over the Internet. This course will provide the technical background and public policy foundation that 21st century citizens need to understand the electronic voting debate. You'll learn how electronic voting and Internet voting technologies work, why they're being introduced, and what problems they aim to solve. They'll also learn about the computer- and Internet-security risks these systems face and the serious vulnerabilities that recent research has demonstrated.
Most of this course shall be accessible to non-technical students. Also optional materials for those with some college-level computer science background shall be provided.
October 6, 2014 - November 30, 2014
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