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Re: Admn: Online voting: Problems of -

We are a very small society; voting can be open; candidates are going to be
doing thankless jobs; I think a very simple system will do.   I was once at
a faculty meeting where neither candidate wanted to be head and if you voted
for him/her then you were actually on the other side!

-----Original Message-----
From: Sanjeev Sabhlok <sabhlok@almaak.usc.edu>
To: debate@indiapolicy.org <debate@indiapolicy.org>
Date: Friday, October 16, 1998 11:35
Subject: Admn: Online voting: Problems of -

>Thought I'd update members on a discussion on online voting that I had
>with Hufeza. Anyone more knowledgeable could pl. comment.  Also: Hufeza
>will now be helping Nikhil on the web page too. He is going to be on the
>Management Council of IPI, accordingly. SS
>From: Huzefa Mehta <hmehta@equator.com>
>To: Sanjeev Sabhlok <sabhlok@almaak.usc.edu>
>Subject: Re: online voting..
>IMO, secure online voting is a difficult problem. Even if we
>have a password, there is not guarantee that a malicious user
>can generate more ids/names by going to yahoo/hotmail. You have
>only made the problem slightly difficult for the malicious
>common user, not entirely impossible.
>In the final analysis, it is good to have such a system, but
>the onus lies on everyone who votes, not to do duplicate voting.
>We can only put a system in place where mistakes are eliminated (ie
>the same person pushes the button twice by mistake, forgot that he/she had
>already voted etc), but cannot take care of the malicious user
>problem at all.
>Sure I would like to help out in the web page in any way possible.
>Let me know,
>Sanjeev Sabhlok wrote:
>> Dear Hufeza,
>> Just checked it out. The problem is it takes repeat votes. Does not
>> prevent the same person from voting twice/ many times.
>> We need a more sophisticated software, where each person is issued a
>> special crypted password; and that password can be used only once to
>> vote.
>> Thanks anyway!
>> Since you have offered to help out in the web thing, tell me: would you
>> like to join with Nikhil in helping out on the web page?
>> Sanjeev
>> On Thu, 15 Oct 1998, Huzefa Mehta wrote:
>> > Sanjeev,
>> >
>> > I remember you asked about online voting. There is this
>> > site which is giving out free online voting software
>> >
>> > http://www.netvotes.com
>> >
>> > I saw some examples of it. Would you want me to set it up/
>> > help you (or someone) set it up?
>> >
>> > Huzefa
>> > (PS This is only in case you havent made arrangements for it
>> > . They do their own advertisement on that page. I assume that should
>> > be ok)
>> >
>Huzefa Mehta
>Equator Technologies Inc.,
>off:   (408) 369-5436
>fax:   (408) 371-9106
>email: hmehta@equator.com
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