Feb 2010 India Conferences

ACTIVITY IN INDIA ON EVMs IN FEB 2010 WITH INTERNATIONAL AND NATIONAL EXPERTS

EVMs: Facts, Fallacies and Fiction, IIT Chennai Conference with International and National Experts on Feb 13, 2010.

   Click here to watch as playlist – all 12 parts in sequence

Press Meet with International Experts at New Delhi on Feb 16, 2010

Stanford Professor David Dill Video Statement to India on EVM (Considered Pioneer on Election Reform in USA)

Click here for Dr. David Dill letter to Election Commission of India answering various EVM issues and inviting ECI to Stanford.

Click here for Media Coverage in The Hindu, Feb 13, 2010,  “Swamy for expert panel on secure EVMs”.

Click here for Media coverage in Indian Express, Feb 24, 2010, “Continuing the EVM Debate” by Surya Prakash

Events held with International and National Experts in India in Feb 2010

DATE TIME VENUE EVENT ORGANIZED BY
Feb  11 7PM – 9PM New Delhi Cocktail with Journalists Center for National Renaissance
Feb  12 11AM – 3PM India Habitat Center, New Delhi Launch of Book on EVM by Mr. Narasimha Rao Mr. Narasimha Rao
Feb  13 9AM – 5PM Savera Hotel, Chennai Conference ‘EVMs: How Trustworthy’ Center for National Renaissance
Feb  13 6:30PM – 8:30PM IIT, Adyar, Chennai Talk at IIT Chennai Save Indian Democracy, USA
Feb  14 11AM – 3PM Press Club, New Delhi Press Conference Save Indian Democracy

International Experts

(Detailed Bio at the end)

1) Rop Gonggrijp, Netherlands Computer hacker, successful Entrepreneur who is instrumental in banning of EVMs in Netherlands due to security reasons, in spite of huge investments made by Netherlands in EVMs

2) Dr. Till Jaeger,  Germany Attorney who argued the landmark German Supreme Court Judgment that effectively banned EVMs in German Elections

3) Dr. David Dill, USA (via Video Conference) University of Stanford,  pioneer for reformation of usage of EVMs in US elections that resulted in 21 states in US either ban EVMs or require paper trail and additional 18 states require paper trail in state or local jurisdictions.   Founder of Verified Voting Foundation.

In 2004, Dr Dill received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Pioneer Award” for “for spearheading and nurturing the popular movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections.”


4) Dr. Alex Halderman, USA Computer Science Professor, University of Michigan, noted expert of Electronic Voting Security who demonstrated first voting machine virus, lead team of Scientists from Princeton and Berkeley for “Top to Bottom” review of California EVMs.

DETAILED BIO DATA OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS

Rop Gonggrijp, Netherlands Computer hacker, successful Entrepreneur who is instrumental in banning of EVMs in Netherlands due to security reasons, in spite of huge investments made by Netherlands in EVMs

Born on Feb 14, 1968, Rop Gonggrijp is Dutch hacker, founder of internet service provider (IPS) XS4ALL, instrumental in exposing  the vulnerabilities of Electronic Voting Machines to The Netherlands that resulted in banning of EVM machines in spite of huge investments made into them.   Mr. Gonggrijp  is now considered a key figure in the growing international movement for election transparency and verifiability.

Known as teenage hacker in his young days, Rop Gonggrijp founded hacker magazine Hack-Tic in 1988  and was considered major security threat by authorities of Netherlands.   In 1993, he and others around Hack-Tic founded ISP XS4ALL that is first ISP that offered internet access to private individuals which he sold the company to former enemy Dutch-Telecom.   After he left XS4ALL, he founded ITSX, a computer security evaluation company which was bought by Madison Gurkha in 2006.   In 2001, Mr. Gonggrijp started work on Cryptophone, a mobile telephone that can encrypt conversation.    Since 1989, Mr Gonggrijp has been main organizer of hacker events held every four years that are attended by thousands of hackers across the world.

After his home city of Amsterdam switched to electronic voting in 2006, mr. Gonggrijp started publicly questioning the security of the voting machines in use in The Netherlands as well as oppose the inherent lack of transparency when the vote count only happens inside a computer. With Amsterdam now also using computers, The Netherlands (pop. 17M) was 100% electronic voting. “We do not trust voting computers”, the organisation founded by mr. Gonggrijp, has managed to convince the dutch public and government that the machines were not worthy of the trust placed in them.

After two government-appointed committees could do nothing but agree with the organization’s point of view, voting computers were abolished and the country is now once-again voting using hand-counted paper ballots. The municipal election officials will probably never like the paper ballots as much as they liked the machines, but the recent elections for European Parliament passed without incident.

Mr. Gonggrijp also co-authored the CCC technical report on voting computers as requested by the German contitutional court and he is a key figure in the growing international movement for election transparency and verifiability.

Dr. Till Jaeger,  Germany Attorney who argued the landmark German Supreme Court Judgment that effectively banned EVMs in German Elections

Born in Dec 1969,  Dr. Till Jaeger, is attorney from Germany who successfully argued the landmark German Supreme Court Judgment that effectively banned the usage of Electronic Voting Machines in Germany’s elections for reasons of transparency and verifiability

“Dr. Till Jaeger has been a partner at the law firm JBB Rechtsanwälte since 2001. He advises large and medium-sized IT businesses as well as government authorities and software developers on matters involving contracts, licensing and online use. Till Jaeger also covers conventional areas of copyright law and entertainment law.

One particular focus of Till Jaeger’s work is on the legal issues created by open source software. He is co-founder of the Institute for Legal Aspects of Free & Open Source Software (ifrOSS), contributing to its work with academic publications, lectures and seminars in the fields of software law and copyright law.

Till Jaeger represented the physicist and software-engineer Dr. Ulrich Wiesner at the German Constitutional Court in the proceedings regarding complaints requesting the scrutiny of the elections to the 16th German Bundestag. This lawsuit ended successful with the decision that the German
Federal Voting Machine Ordinance is unconstitutional for lack of transparency and violation of the principle of democracy.

Till Jaeger graduated in law from the University of Mainz and has also studied in Dijon, France. He started his legal clerkship in Brandenburg in 1996. After that, he was given a DFG scholarship to attend a post-graduate course on EU law and the protection of personal rights in Munich. In
1999-2000 he wrote his Ph.D. thesis on copyright law at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition & Tax Law Munich.”

Dr. David Dill, USA (via Video Conference) University of Stanford,  pioneer for reformation of usage of EVMs in US elections that resulted in 21 states in US either ban EVMs or require paper trail and additional 18 states require paper trail in state or local jurisdictions.   Founder of Verified Voting Foundation.

David L. Dill is a Professor of Computer Science and, by courtesy, Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He has been on the faculty at Stanford since 1987. He has an S.B. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1979), and an M.S and Ph.D. from Carnegie-Mellon University (1982 and 1987).

Prof. Dill has been working actively on policy issues in voting technology since 2003. He is the author of the “Resolution on Electronic Voting”, which calls for a voter-verifiable audit trail on all voting equipment, and which has been endorsed by thousands of people, including many of the top computer scientists in the U.S. He has served on the California Secretary of State’s Ad Hoc Task Force on Touch-Screen voting, the Citizens DRE Oversight Board of the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, and on the IEEE P1583 Voting Equipment Standards Committee. He has testified on electronic voting before the U.S. Senate and the Commission on Federal Election Reform, co-chaired by Jimmy Carter and James Baker III. He is the founder of the Verified Voting Foundation and VerifiedVoting.org and is on the board of those organizations. In 2004, he received the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Pioneer Award” for “for spearheading and nurturing the popular movement for integrity and transparency in modern elections.”

Prof. Dill has research interests in a variety of areas, including computational systems biology and the theory and application of formal verification techniques to system designs, including hardware, protocols, and software. He has also done research in asynchronous circuit verification and synthesis, and in verification methods for hard real-time systems. From July 1995 to September 1996, he was Chief Scientist at 0-In Design Automation.

Prof. Dill’s Ph.D. thesis, “Trace Theory for Automatic Hierarchical Verification of Speed Independent Circuits” was named as a Distinguished Dissertation by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and published as such by M.I.T. Press in 1988. He was the recipient of an Presidential Young Investigator award from the National Science Foundation in 1988, and a Young Investigator award from the Office of Naval Research in 1991.

He has received Best Paper awards at International Conference on Computer Design in 1991 and the Design Automation Conference in 1993 and 1998. He was named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2001 for his contributions to verification of circuits and systems, and a Fellow of the ACM in 2005 for contributions to system verification and for leadership in the development of verifiable voting systems. In 2008, he received the first “Computer-Aided Verification” award, with Rajeev Alur, for fundamental contributions to the theory of real-time systems verification.

Dr. Alex Halderman, USA Computer Science Professor, University of Michigan, noted expert of Electronic Voting Security who demonstrated first voting machine virus, lead team of Scientists from Princeton and Berkeley for “Top to Bottom” review of California EVMs

Born in Jan 1981,  Dr. John Alexander Halderman, is a Computer Science Professor from University of Michigan,  is noted expert on electronic voting security who demonstrated first voting machine virus, served as a technical expert in California’s “Top to Bottom” voting systems review leading a team of scientists from Princeton and U.C. Berkeley.

J. Alex Halderman is a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, where his research spans applied computer security and tech-centric public policy.  Professor Halderman is a noted expert on electronic voting security.  In 2006, he conducted the first public, independent security review of a touch-screen voting machine, the Diebold AccuVote TS, and demonstrated the first voting machine virus.  He later served as a technical expert in California’s “Top-to-Bottom” voting systems review, leading a team of scientists from Princeton and U.C. Berkeley.  In addition to exposing voting security flaws, he has investigated ways to improve the security and efficiency of the election process by making smarter use of technology.

Professor Halderman earned his Ph.D. in computer science at Princeton University with a dissertation focused on studying computer security failures in order to strengthen future designs.  Besides electronic voting, his research interests include Internet security, data privacy, digital rights management, and cybercrime.  He was a founding member of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, where he continues to hold an appointment as a visiting research collaborator.

Website http://www.cse.umich.edu/~jhalderm/.

Dr. Gitanjali Swamy, PhD Berkeley, MBA Harvard, (In 2000, demonstrated to then Election Commissioner M.S. Gill the vulnerabilities of chips in EVMs)

Awaiting Bio.

Feb 13th, 9AM – 5PM Chennai Conference on “EVMs: How Trustworthy”

(Tentative Plan)

CONVENED BY:  CENTER FOR NATIONAL RENAISSANCE

VENUE:   Savera Hotel, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Chennai, TN

9.15 AM:   Welcome Address:   Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Ph.D. (Harvard),

fmr. Union Minister of Law & Justice;

Session I: 9.30AM -11.00AM

(Papers: 9:30-10:20, Discussions: 10:20-11)

Topic:  “EVM Deployment – Current International Practice”

Chairperson: Dr. E.A.S. Sarma, Ph.D. (IIT/D), IAS (Retd);

Papers Presented:

1. Dr. Till Jaeger, Sr. Advocate,Supreme Court, Germany

2. Dr. P. Narasimha Rao, Media Adviser, MP Govt

3. Mr. Rop Gonggrijp, Computer Expert & Political Activist??


Session 2: 11:15AM – 12:45PM

(Papers: 11:15-12:15,  Discussions: 12:15-12:45)

Topic: “EVMs Use – Evidence of Tamperability”

Chairperson: Mr. Omesh Saigal, IAS (Retd), fmr Chief Secretary, Delhi Administration

  1. 1. Dr. Anil Chawla, B.Tech [IIT/ Bombay]
  2. 2. Dr. V.V. Rao
  3. 3. Dr. Anup Saraph, Principal Information Officer, Pune Corporation

Session 3: 12:45AM – 1:30 PM

(Papers: 12:45-12:15,  Discussions: 1:15-1:45)

Topic: “EVMs Use – Transparency and Safeguards”

Chairperson: Professor M.D. Nalapat, Manipal University

1. Dr. S. Kalyanaraman, fmr of ADB, Manila

2. Dr. Gitanjali Swamy,Ph.D [Berkeley], MBA[Harvard]

3. Mr. Rop Gonggrijp, Computer Expert & Political Activist??

1.45 PM – Vote of Thanks:

1.50 PM –  LUNCH

3.30 PM – Press Briefing


6 responses to “Feb 2010 India Conferences

  1. WHEN PEOPLE ARE POOR AND UNEDUCATED ,THEY CAN BE FOOLED EASILY. BUT HOW COME INDIAN WHO ARE NOW EDUCATED 400 MILLIONS PLUS CAN BE FOOOLED BY EVM AND NO ONE TO CHECK.
    LOOKS LIKE OUR INTELLECTUALS OUR MEDIA IS DOING A VERY POOR JOBS. TO SAVE DEMOCRARY WE NEED MANY CHECK AND BALANCES. WHEN WE HAVE NO CHECKS DEMOCRAY WILL DIE OUT. ITS TIME EFFORTS BY DR SWAMY ARE TO BE RECOGNISED AND CREDITED BY ALL.

  2. People can be ‘educated’ but if they are morally corrupt as to receive a hundred rupees and sell their votes then they drag down the entire country. Criminals like sonia and her allies thrive on this corruption i.e. they encourage corruption by saama dhaana bhedha and dhanda and then prosper in the corrupt society. See how she was able to let quattorocchi escape. Also BJP also is corrupted that it has been playing second fiddle to the congress. When they were in power they never touched the corrupt congressmen but tried to pander to the minorities.

  3. ‘EVMs illegally being used for a decade’- Ajay Jagga, Lawyer High Court- India

    Sanjay Sharma, TNN, Feb 22, 2010, 03.44am IST
    CHANDIGARH: The electronic voting machines (EVMs) are being used in violation of the Information Technology Act 2000, a research paper has revealed.

    Author of the research paper, advocate Ajay Jagga, told The Times of India, on Sunday that as per IT Act, 2000, a verifiable audit trail has to be provided in case of any electronic record, which is now admissible as evidence as per Evidence Act but in case of electronic voting, the voter does not get any receipt with regard to his voting.

    The research paper recently attracted the attention of experts when a conference on “EVMs: How trustworthy?” in Chennai passed a unanimous resolution on February 13 asking Jagga to approach the Election Commission of India (ECI) for bringing the electronic voting procedure in tune with IT Act, 2000.

    Jagga said he would soon approach ECI seeking formation of legal committee to remove the illegality or will knock the doors of court.

    The lawyer said, “Unless the voter gets a receipt like the one we get in ATM or after the use of debit or credit cards, all electronic transactions including a vote, are illegal.” What is the evidence that the vote cast has really been recorded and that it has been recorded in the manner the voter intended, he asked.

    For the purpose and to protect the secrecy of ballot, all such receipts, after the voter has checked his transaction, should be put in a box which should remain with ECI to be produced as evidence in case of a dispute, he said. The government amended the relevant laws in 1989 to equate EVM with ballot and ballot box to facilitate transition from ballot paper to EVM but the IT Act 2000 created a new complication that has to be immediately resolved in the interest of fairness of things, Jagga pointed out.

  4. I have written following article on how a trojan in EVM chip can benefit a particular party, after doing a very minor manipulation in Collctor’s office. If chip is rigged, then with 10-12 people at top, one can rig 100,000 booths in India

    http://rahulmehta.com/evm1.pdf

    ===

    Now comes how EVMs can be canceled? IMO, we should force PM to sign a GO which would allow ANY citizen to register a YES-NO on any law/section passed by GoI for Rs 3 fee at local Village Office. Once PM has been forced to sign this law, we can ask citizens to register NO on Section-58 of People’s Representation Act. Once that section is abolished, EVMs become illegal. If that doesnt help, we need a mass movement demanding resignation of PM.

  5. Apologies. It is not section-58 of People’s Representation Act, but it is section-61A, which when canceled, EVM will become illegal.

    Another way is to ask concerned citizens to put over 64 candidates in each seat. Existing EVMs can take no more than 64 candidates. So if a seat has 65 or more candidates, EC will have no option but to use paper ballots. I support forner way – forcing PM to sign a law that citizen can register his disapproval on any section in any law passed by Ministers/MPs.

  6. can chips lie ? what if something goes awry ?

    LVR

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