CyberVote devrait faciliter la procédure de vote de tous les électeurs
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Use of Mobile Phones

1. What kind of mobile phone will I need to use CyberVote ?

2. How will you authenticate the voter when he/she use a mobile phone ?

3. How will you ensure the anonymity of my vote if I cast it from my mobile phone? Will an anonymous channel be in place to cast my vote from my mobile phone ?

4. What is WAP and WIM?

 

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What kind of mobile phone will I need to use CyberVote ?

Current mobile phones have a certain degree of support for cryptographic protocols. For example, in the near future, WAP phones (phones capable of supporting the Wireless Application Protocol) will have WIM (wireless identity module) cards that can be used for secure communication, and digital signatures. But the level of security required by electronic voting systems is not provided by off-the-shelf cryptography support available on these phones. It is necessary to develop and install new cryptographic software for the CyberVote client.

For this reason, portable CyberVote client software is expected to be available on PDA (personal digital assistant) and/or smartphone class devices that support the development and installation of new software (e.g., the new Nokia 9210 communicator). PDAs can be used in conjunction with any phone supporting the internet protocols. Internet-capable smartphones can be used by themselves.

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How will you authenticate the voter when he/she use a mobile phone ?

Voter authentication in CyberVote will be based on digital signatures. This will be done either by having the signing key available on the mobile phone device, or by using an external token such as a WIM card. In the former case, the mobile phone device functions as a personal trusted device.

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How will you ensure the anonymity of my vote if I cast it from my mobile phone? Will an anonymous channel be in place to cast my vote from my mobile phone ?

In CyberVote, voter anonymity will be addressed in the same way, regardless of the type of device (fixed or mobile) on which the client is implemented.

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What is WAP and WIM?

WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol. It is a suite of protocols to enable efficient access to the Internet from cellular phone devices. WIM stands for Wireless Identity Module. It is a hardware token intended for use with WAP. WIM cards include support for standard cryptographic algorithms used to implement secure communication and digital signatures. It may be possible to use WIM digital signatures also in non-WAP applications.

 

See also the frequently asked questions on :

Legal Aspects

Use of the system

Security and cryptology

Commercial and marketing

 

 

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