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Peter ROENNE <[log in to unmask]>
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CALL FOR PAPERS

Voting'21

Advances in Secure Electronic Voting Schemes 2021
in association with Financial Crypto '21
Grand Anse, St. George's, Grenada, 5 March 2021

Initial Submission Date: 11 November 2020
Full Submission Deadline: 18 November 2020

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Voting'21: http://fc21.ifca.ai/voting/cfp.html
Financial Crypto '21: http://fc21.ifca.ai/

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Elections are the foundations of democracy and they have been the target for attack since the dawn of democracy. Over the last few decades the introduction of digital technologies to elections has opened up a raft of new attack vectors. Recently in the US there is discussion of placing voting technologies on the list of national, critical infrastructures. Secure voting protocols, in particular so-called end-to-end verifiable schemes, have been a hot topic of research for the last decade or so.  Voting poses many challenges: the precise characterization of subtle properties including verifiability and coercion resistance, accountability etc. and the design and analysis of schemes providing these properties in a complex, hostile environment. The field requires a deep understanding of modern crypto and information security but is also highly interdisciplinary, requiring understanding of the role of humans, physical components, procedures, legal and regulatory aspects etc.

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Submissions

Papers should contain original research in any area related to electronic voting technologies, verifiable elections, and related concerns. Example topics include but are not limited to:
                In-person voting systems
                Remote/Internet voting systems
                Voter registration and authentication systems
                Procedures for ballot and election auditing
                Cryptographic (or non-cryptographic) verifiable election schemes
                Attacks on existing systems
                Designs of new systems
                Formal or informal security or requirements analysis
                Examination of usability and accessibility issues
                Research on relevant regulations, standards and laws

Papers describing experiences deploying voting systems, conducting elections, or detecting and recovering from election problems are welcome, so long as they include enough rigorous analysis to constitute original research.

Submissions will be judged on originality, relevance, correctness, and clarity.

The workshop solicits submissions of manuscripts that represent significant and novel research contributions. Submissions must not substantially overlap with works that have been published or that are simultaneously submitted to a journal or a conference with proceedings.

Submissions should follow the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science format and should be no more than 15 pages including references and well-marked appendices. Accepted papers will appear in the proceedings published by Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Authors who seek to submit their works to journals may opt-out by publishing an extended abstract only.

Short papers with a length of maximal 8 pages, will also be accepted as submissions this year, and can be used to introduce work in progress, novel applications, and voting experiences. These submissions must be clearly marked "Short papers:".

Also "Systemization of Knowledge" papers will be accepted and have a page limit of 15 pages but *excluding* references. These should be marked "SoK:".

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind, and as such, must be anonymous, with no author names, affiliations, acknowledgements, or obvious references.

Submission website: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=voting21

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Important dates
Initial submission deadline (title and abstract: 11 November 2020 AoE
Final version deadline: 18 November 2020 AoE
Notification of acceptance: 16 December 2020.

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COVID-19 Information
Due to the ongoing global pandemic, depending on the developing circumstances, it is possible that a physical meeting for FC21 will not take place. Even if it does, we expect that some authors may have difficulty traveling to the conference and we will make accommodations for remote presentations.

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Chairs:
Matthew Bernhard (VotingWorks)
Thomas Haines (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Program Committee: (confirmed members)
Roberto Araujo                  Universidade Federal do Pará
Josh Benaloh                      Microsoft Research
Jeremy Clark                       Concordia University
Jeremy Epstein                  SRI
Aleksander Essex              Western University
Kristian Gjøsteen              Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology
Rajeev Gore                        The Australian National University
Rolf Haenni                         Bern University of Applied Sciences
Reto Koenig                        Bern University of Applied Sciences
Ralf Kuesters                      University of Stuttgart
Oksana Kulyk                      IT University of Copenhagen
Olivier Pereira                    Universite catholique de Louvain
Peter Rønne                       University of Luxembourg
Peter Y.A. Ryan                  University of Luxembourg
Steve Schneider                University of Surrey
Carsten Schuermann       IT University of Copenhagen
Philip Stark                          University of California, Berkeley
Vanessa Teague                Thinking Cybersecurity
Poorvi Vora                         The George Washington University
Dan Wallach                       Rice University

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