Quotation Prosser, Alexander, Bagnato, Domenica, Müller-Török, Robert. 2020. Council of Europe Recommendation CM/REC (2017)5 and eVoting Protocol Design. Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology. 14 (2), 275-300.




The Corona pandemic has created apush towards digitization inanumber of fields, not least inthepublic sector including democratic processes. This of course includes an increased interest in e-voting via the Internet. The Council of Europe has along standing history of work in the field including two Recommendations–(2004)11 and (2017)5– which have become the de facto yardstick against which every e-voting system is measured. Rec(2017)5 builds on a decade of experience with e-voting and particularly strengthens two concepts important inanyelectronic voting system: Voting secrecy and auditability/verifiability. This has distinct implications for the design of e-voting protocols. The aim of this paper is to analyse the impact on what arguably are the most popular voting protocol families, envelope and token protocols. How does the modified Recommendation impact on the viability of protocols and protocol design? The paper first presents the Council of Europe Recommendation and the technical issues it addresses. Then a model is introduced to assess avoting protocol against the Recommendation; a typical envelope and a token protocol areas sessed in view of the model and finally the two assessments are compared including policy recommendations for a path to e-voting implementation.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology
Language English
Title Council of Europe Recommendation CM/REC (2017)5 and eVoting Protocol Design
Volume 14
Number 2
Year 2020
Page from 275
Page to 300
Reviewed? Y
URL https://journals.muni.cz/mujlt/article/view/13114/11653
DOI na
Open Access N


Prosser, Alexander (Details)
Bagnato, Domenica (Hierodiction, Austria)
Müller-Török, Robert (HVF, Ludwigsburg, Germany)
Institute for Production Management (Taudes) (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1138 Information systems (Details)
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