Experts urge Australia to use open source for e-voting

University computer science departments have called for making the voting system open source to improve security and scrutiny

A consortium of university computer science departments has warned Australia's federal government that all future computerised voting systems should be made open source to ensure that no votes will be miscast.

In a submission (PDF) to the House of Representatives review into the 2010 Federal Election, the Computing Research and Education Association of Australia said that it is crucial, if Australia is to move to electronic voting, that the principles of privacy, integrity, transparency and scrutiny of the electoral system be upheld.

"There is no more reason for a secret, unscrutinised electronic voting process than there is for any other secret process that injects votes into the tally without adequate scrutiny," the association said. "Scrutiny improves security because it allows problems to be identified and rectified."

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