12 Nov Criptography

Since its inception, Inria Chile has worked with its partners on projects focusing on challenges surrounding electronic voting, both theoretical and practical, particularly regarding issues such as cryptographic guarantees of anonymity and system security.

Within this context, an international cooperation project called “Challenges of electronic voting” began in 2015, funded by CONICYT under the “Support for international networking between research centers” contest. Directed by Alejandro Hevia, a researcher at the University of Chile associated with Inria Chile and a specialist in cryptography, this project belies a network of internationally recognized experts around the themes of security, reliability, anonymity and e-voting.

The “Support for international networking between research centers” contest by CONICYT aims to promote international partnerships to foster science and technology in Chile, by supporting the participation of Chilean scientists in top research endeavours around the globe.

This project has enabled to connect researchers from Chile, France, Uruguay, Brazil and the UK working in complementary areas of computer science and applied mathematics.

From France, the project has the participation of researcher Véronique Cortier, project-team member of Cassis-INRIA (Center Inria Nancy – Grand Est) and specialist in verification protocols with international recognition. Due to her work on this subject, applied to electronic voting, she was presented last October the INRIA Academy of Sciences Young Resarcher Award 2015 (see section).

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The INRIA Academy of Sciences Young Researcher Award rewards a researcher under 40 who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of computer and mathematics for their research, transfer or innovation endeavours.

Véronique Cortier is the second woman to receive this award since its inception, in recognition for her work in security protocols in electronic voting resulting particularly in the development of an open source electronic voting system, Belenios (http: //belenios.gforge .inria.fr /).

For more information: http://www.inria.fr/en/institute/inria-in-brief/inria-awards/2015-prize-winners/veronique-cortier-young-researcher-award 

E-Voting

In order to establish and strengthen collaboration among scientists that make up this new network, the project has proposed working together around the right techniques to build two types of systems: a safe, anonymous and reliable electronic voting system, and a safe, anonymous survey system with privacy safeguards. In this context, the starting point to study and test the issues addressed by the project is the electronic voting system developed by Inria Chile and currently used by the start-up E-Voting.

Since this system has already proven its robustness and reliability within the numerous votings organized through it (see the latest news by E-voting), it is an ideal place to enrich both theoretical and practical work inside this collaborative network.

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