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Hosp, Benjamin ; Vora, Poorvi

An Information-Theoretic Model of Voting Systems

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We present an information-theoretic model of a voting system, consisting of (a) definitions of the desirable qualities of integrity, privacy and verifiability, and (b) quantitative measures of how close a system is to being perfect with respect to each of the qualities. We describe the well-known trade-off between integrity and privacy in this model, and defines a concept of weak privacy, which is traded off with system verifiability. This is an extension of a talk from WOTE 2006, and contains some new applications of the model and arguments for the model's applicability.

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  author =	{Hosp, Benjamin and Vora, Poorvi},
  title =	{{An Information-Theoretic Model of Voting Systems}},
  booktitle =	{Frontiers of Electronic Voting},
  pages =	{1--11},
  series =	{Dagstuhl Seminar Proceedings (DagSemProc)},
  ISSN =	{1862-4405},
  year =	{2008},
  volume =	{7311},
  editor =	{David Chaum and Miroslaw Kutylowski and Ronald L. Rivest and Peter Y. A. Ryan},
  publisher =	{Schloss Dagstuhl -- Leibniz-Zentrum f{\"u}r Informatik},
  address =	{Dagstuhl, Germany},
  URL =		{},
  URN =		{urn:nbn:de:0030-drops-12982},
  doi =		{10.4230/DagSemProc.07311.4},
  annote =	{Keywords: Information-Theory, Elections, Measurement, Integrity, Privacy, Verifiability}

Keywords: Information-Theory, Elections, Measurement, Integrity, Privacy, Verifiability
Collection: 07311 - Frontiers of Electronic Voting
Issue Date: 2008
Date of publication: 15.01.2008

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