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CyberVote should improve the voting process for all voters.


Project Description

Project Description | Workplan | Planning of the project



CyberVote, an innovative cyber voting system for internet terminals and mobile phones, is a research and development (RDT) programme being funded by the European Commission, with additional funding from the companies and organisations undertaking the work. It is part of the Information Society Technologies (IST) 1999 programme for research, technology development and demonstration under the fifth framework programme (5th PCRD). It is attached to Key Action 1 "Systems and Services for the Citizens".

The objective of CyberVote is to demonstrate a highly secure cyber-voting prototype using mobile and fixed internet technologies. The project will define and implement a CyberVote prototype embedding an innovative voting protocol relying upon the use of advanced cryptographic tools that will be developed to ensure integrity, privacy and authentication of the voters. The prototype will be demonstrated and evaluated on 3 trial applications.

The project is carried out by a consortium led by EADS Matra Syst�mes & Information (FR) and grouping together: British Telecommunications (UK), NOKIA Research Centre (FI), K.U.Leuven Research & Development (BE), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (NL), Freie Hansestadt Bremen (DE), Mairie d'Issy-les-Moulineaux (FR) and Kista Stadsdelsn�mnd (SE).

The project officially started on 1 September 2000. It will end on 1 March 2003. The overall budget of the project is � 3 243 629 and the total effort is 27.4 man-years. The overall planning is presented below.

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In order to achieve the objectives of the project, the workplan is organised in the following main work packages:

  • WP1 Management: this work package will cover all usual management activities (reporting to the Commission, quality audits, etc.) as well as the setting of appropriate tools for enabling efficient communication between the consortium.

  • WP2 Requirement Analysis: this work package will consist in reviewing current and past electronic democracy projects, analysing the legal issues of using an Internet voting system and analysing user (voters and authorities representatives) requirements. From a technical point view, a review and a selection of candidate authentication and security techniques will be carried out as well as a review of candidate Internet technologies, hardware platforms, mobile phones and Internet terminals. Mock-ups of the CyberVote architecture will be evaluated at this stage in order define the overall system architecture. The end of this work package will mark a major project milestone (MS1), the definition of the overall system architecture.

  • WP3 System Architecture specification and design: this work package will consist in defining the ergonomics plan that will be followed along the project in order to ensure the acceptability of the system by the user and in specifying the voting and communication protocols to be used between the clients (PCs and mobile phones) and the servers (local and global servers). A test plan will be elaborated at this stage to be used in the validation phase. Finally, a trial simulation will be conducted with prototype version 0 in order to get an early feedback from the user and make the necessary changes if needed. The end of this work package will mark another major project milestone (MS2), CyberVote prototype version 0.

  • WP4 Implementation, integration, validation and security: this work package will consist in the implementation of the e-voting protocol, the coding of the software modules (voting protocols, authentication module, servers, clients) that will be run on PC and mobile phone clients, the coding of the local and global servers (vote counting, result compilation, etc.) as well as the integration, validation and security testing of all these components in the overall system. The end of this work package will mark a major project milestone (MS3), the completion of the CyberVote prototype version 1.0.

  • WP5 Trial applications: this work package will consist in the trial applications of CyberVote. Once the scope of these applications is refined, elections will be prepared on the pilot voting sites. CyberVote will be configured in order to conduct the trial applications in real situations. Security attacks will be launched in order to assess the robustness. An evaluation report will conclude this phase. An evaluation will be carried out to conclude this phase, showing the techno-economic and social adequacy of the CyberVote system. The end of this work package will mark a major project milestone (MS4), the demonstrations of the trial applications.

  • WP6 Assessment and evaluation: this work package will consist in assessing the partial and the final results of the project and evaluate if the progress made are in line with the contractual objectives of the project. It will ensure that the contractual objectives of the project will be reached. Appropriate measures will be taken if the reports of this WP shows any discrepancy from the original objectives. The end of this work package will mark the last project milestone (MS5), the final report.

  • WP7 Exploitation and dissemination: this work package will cover all activities needed to disseminate (publications, events organisation, etc.) and exploit the results of the project (exploitation plan, technological implementation plan, etc.).

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Planning of the project:

The overall planning of the project is as follows:

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