Elected officials and their constituents need to be certain that the systems used in local, national and European elections are free and fair. When Government introduces new technologies into these electoral processes, public confidence in new systems is even more important. Yet chaotic scenes associated with e-voting and e-counting damaged confidence in both the process and results of our elections.
The Open Rights Group, a grassroots technology organisation who acted as official observers for the May 2007 electronic voting and counting pilots, invite party conference delegates to come and hear short presentations from front-bench MPs and the Electoral Commission representatives, followed by a debate on the issues surrounding electronic elections.
ORG fringe event at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2007
When: 13.00 – 14.00, Sunday 16 September 2007 Where: Glyndebourne 2, Holiday Inn Hotel Panel: Jason Kitcat, Jon Pugh MP and Tom Hawthorn (Electoral Commission)
Supporter meetup: 16.00, Sunday 16 September at The Black Lion, 14 Black Lion St Brighton, BN1 1ND, UK
ORG fringe event at Labour Party Annual Conference 2007
When: 20:00 – 23:00, Wednesday 26 September 2007 Where: Bay View Suite, De Vere Royal Bath Hotel Panel: Alun Michael MP (Invited), Andrew Scallan (Electoral Commission) and Jason Kitcat
Supporter meetup: 18.30, Thursday 27 September at The Inferno, 38 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8AD
ORG fringe event at Conservative Party Conference 2007
When: 19.30 – 21.00, Tuesday 2 October 2007 Where: New Victorian Bar, Winter Gardens Panel: Jonathan Djanogly MP, Andrew Scallan (Electoral Commission) and Jason Kitcat
Supporter meetup: 19.00, Monday 1 October, at The Saddle Inn , 286, Whitegate Drive, Blackpool FY3 9PH
Not an ORG event, but Jason will be presenting
When: Friday 14 September (TBC) Where: Liverpool Hope University (TBC)
Update!: The line-up for this event has now changed. Harri Hursti, computer security expert and star of Hacking Democracy, will give the keynote address.
The Open Rights Group fielded a 25-strong team of officially accredited Election Observers to authorities using e-counting and e-voting technologies in 3 May elections in England and Scotland. This event is the official launch of the report of their findings.
The event will include a drinks reception and an opportunity to debate further with MPs, speakers and experts. To attend, please email Michael (michael[at]openrightsgroup[dot]org).
The Open Rights Group and the Foundation for Information Policy Research held the following events in February:
HBO’s screening of Hacking Democracy days before the 2006 US mid-term elections blew up a storm of activism around the many failings of e-voting. The film’s portrayal of supplier dishonesty and undetectable system hacks sent shockwaves through the US political system. We hope to spark similar engagement in the UK.
The event consisted of a rare UK screening of this film followed by a panel discussion with the film’s co-directors Simon Ardizzone and Russell Michaels along with MPs from each of the UK's major political parties.
Governments around the world are increasingly drawn towards e-voting, despite the significant problems that have arisen in a number of elections. Mistakes made in one country are often repeated in another. This workshop, chaired by Jason Kitcat, brought together e-voting experts from around Europe and the US to share knowledge, ideas and experiences.
The workshop included:
This event brought together noted experts from Europe and the US to talk about their experiences so far, including problems in the US that may have led to thousands of votes going missing in 2006’s congressional elections. Speakers included: