Research and development forum on E-voting in Estonia
During the 10 years that e-voting has been conducted in Estonia, it has constantly been updated to meet the demands of the changing environment. On November 5-6, 2015, a high-level forum to discuss the Estonian electronic voting experience, its challenges and solutions, will be held in Tartu.
In Estonia, legally binding countrywide electronic voting has taken place since 2005. During the past 10 years, it has become clear that consistent voting solution update is required to keep pace with the fast-changing digital and social environment. The international forum will discuss various options for this update based on the example of Estonia.
“For example, based on our research, we can say that by now the typical traits distinguishing early e-voters from regular voters, such as age and computer literacy, have lost their explanatory power over the ten years of e-enabled elections. The original motivations that drove enthusiasts to pick up this voting mode seem to have ebbed suggesting e-voting has become essentially random,” says Kristjan Vassil, researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, University of Tartu.
The forum first reflects on the technical and social aspects of the Estonian e-voting experience so far, based on the results of a 3-year scientific research project. This is followed by the presentation and discussion of the development ideas of the Estonian solution in a brainstorming session.
The forum opens at 9.00 on November 5 in the Conference Centre of Hotel Dorpat (Turu 2, Tartu). To register your attendance, please contact the organisers at votingseminar [ät] cyber.ee.
The forum is organized by Cybernetica, a leading ICT company in e-government solutions, and the Institute of Government and Politics of the University of Tartu, in cooperation with the Electronic Voting Committee of Estonia.
For more information, please see http://cyber.ee/en/news/e-enabled-elections-in-estonia-forum-on-research-and-development-in-2015/
Additional information: Kristjan Vassil, researcher at the Institute of Government and Politics, ph: 56844856, e-mail: kristjan.vassil [ät] ut.ee.