Jusletter IT

Digitalization and Democracy: Thoughts to the Discussion on E-Voting

  • Autoren/Autorinnen: Gerhard Seuchter / Dawn Branley-Bell / Sabine Prossnegg
  • Beitragsart: E-Democracy
  • Kategorie: Beiträge
  • Rechtsgebiete: E-Voting
  • Sammlung: Tagungsband IRIS 2021
  • DOI: 10.38023/fd42db0e-8902-4d37-98f9-f678f3b176a5
  • Zitiervorschlag: Gerhard Seuchter / Dawn Branley-Bell / Sabine Prossnegg, Digitalization and Democracy: Thoughts to the Discussion on E-Voting , in: Jusletter IT 27. Mai 2021
The general mantra is that digitisation is necessary to make companies and public administration more efficient. In both cases, more efficient ideally means better, faster and more convenient; what it also usually implies is cheaper. In this paper we focus on the public side of the issue, namely on the topic of democracy. We consider aspects of the polling system, for instance, e-voting should help increase poll participation and promote inclusion, however, it also has its pitfalls.

Table of contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Democratic system as a communication process
  • 3. The polling system
  • 4. Information for voters and their deliberate decision-making process
  • 4.1. Increased risk of social engineering
  • 4.2. Shift from reasoned to reactive decision-making processes
  • 5. Trust and Confidence
  • 6. Technical aspects
  • 6.1. Security issues with DRE machines
  • 6.2. Online Voting
  • 7. Conclusion
  • 8. References

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