Stage 4
15:00 - 16:00
Digital Democracy: E-Voting for everyone?

Short thesis

The challenges, chances and conditions. In short, democracy has been present on the Internet for a while. People read the latest headlines, sign petitions and feverishly discuss politics in forums and social media. Despite this, elections are still done with pen and paper. Because of traditional methods of voting, many people simply don't vote. On Election Day, many are kept from the polling stations by more pressing issues. Through the digitalization of elections, much can be simplified. The parameters and conditions for secure and safe, legally valid online elections are the topics of this panel discussion.


Is the pen and paper ballot version of democracy future-proof? With E-Voting, the core element of democracy can be digitalized. Only with digitalization is it possible to decentralize elections. Digitalization will, eventually, reduce the costs of running an election with both the organizational costs as well as the distribution of ballot papers. But why have some countries adopted E-voting? What have countries like Estonia done differently which already voted online in the past? How can the core principles of democratic elections be preserved and manipulation kept at bay? We will discuss these topics with Prit Vinkel, the head of the Electoral Office in Estonia, Dr. Tomasz Truderung, an encryption specialist and researcher at Polyas and Stephanie Planté, a political scientist from Canada.