We want to bring the advantages of E-voting
to the world's best democracy - safely.

Swiss cantons and municipalities are evaluating solutions for introducing e-voting for their citizens living both in Switzerland and abroad.

Switzerland with its famous democratic history and voting rights on many occasions could profit from e-voting systems possibly also increasingly attracting the younger generations to take part.

But e-voting systems are also targets for cyber criminals.

The current technical possibilities and security of electronic voting as well as government policies are the main themes of the summit.

Further, lessons learned in Estonia, Germany, the US and other countries will be presented and discussed.



Event Location

Starts: 1:30 pm

This event is organized by:

SIX Convention Point

Pfingstweidstrasse 110,
8005 Zürich

Program

Electronic voting in Switzerland: public and political opinions

  • Dr. Tomislav Milic, Senior Assistant, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau & University of Zürich

Experiences made in the US presidential elections

Expert for US elections and their E-Voting system. His expert opinion is also requested by the US media about the safety of E-Voting.

Experiences made in Estonia

Estonia is known worldwide as a pioneer country for e-government. In the past, this country has also suffered several cyber attacks against state computer platforms. E-voting has been implemented and is used successfully since many years.
E-voting has been implemented and is used successfully since many years. The public acceptance rate is very high and increasing.

The E-Voting system made by Post for political votes and polls - the way to universal verification

Networking & Apéro

Speakers

Ralf Haller

Ralf Haller's 20 year IT career has spanned various marketing and business development roles, based on his training as an electrical engineer and masters in Telecommunication Systems (Karlsruhe Technology Institute).

His career started while at university, when he took an assistant role in the USA. Later, he excelled as an IT project manager for large key account clients at CompuNet in Munich and also worked in Hong Kong supporting the Asian region.

This prompted his move to Silicon Valley where he lived for many years, working as a Product Manager for successful startups building datacommunication equipment.

Since 2001, Ralf provides product marketing support and has organised specialist IT events in Switzerland that explore current IT trends and introduce the Swiss market to new and pioneering technologies from Silicon Valley.

Owing to his strong links with Silicon Valley, the Swiss cantons rely on him as a valued advisor for fresh and exciting startup activities emerging from there.

Ralf is also the organizer of international high-tech, innovation, entrepreneurship and business events in Switzerland, among them:

He is also founder of the first High-Tech Connect Suisse association encouraging high-tech business development.

In his free time he loves spending high-quality time with his family, and doing fitness sports and intelligence training to keep fit physically and mentally. He is eager and open to always try out new things.

More Speakers will be presented soon.

Dr. Tomislav Milic

Dr. Tomislav Milic is at present Senior Assistant at the ZDA in Aarau.

His research work centers on opinion making processes in direct democratic legislation.

His doctoral thesis dealt primarily with the question whether the left right self identification serves as a mental shortcut when deciding on proposals.

Moreover, Dr. Thomas Milic has published a number of articles and books based on his research into decision making processes in a direct democracy.

To name just a few, one of them (Milic 2010) is looking into one of the most controversially discussed questions to face direct democracy: are the political parties in control of the direct democratic decision making process?

Another one (Milic 2012) is examining the role of mental shortcuts in opinion making processes. Lastly, he has co-published the first comprehensive book on Swiss referendum voting behavior (Milic et al. 2014). Besides, Dr. Thomas Milic was actively involved into numerous VOX and VOTO analyses as project manager.

Dr. Lawrence Norden

Lawrence Norden is Deputy Director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program.

He works on a variety of issues, from money in politics to voting to government dysfunction.

During his time at the Brennan Center, he has authored several nationally recognized reports and articles related to law and democracy, including Securing Elections From Foreign Interference (June 2017), Five to Four (January 2016) and America's Voting Machines at Risk (September 2015).

His work has been featured in media outlets across the country, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.

He has testified before Congress and several state legislatures on numerous occasions.

Tarvi Martens

Tarvi Martens has been a key figure in the Estonian IT and information security field for the past dozen years.

Tarvi has been building governmental internet (1993-1997), developing information security and PKI products (1997-2001) and being actively involved in various aspects of developing Estonian e-government in a whole.

Tarvi was among the originators of the Estonian ID card project in 1996 and of DigiDoc, the national de facto standard in Estonia for digital signatures, in 2002.

In 2003, he started the e-voting project with National Electoral Committee in order to provide Estonian electoral system with Internet voting capability.

In 2007, Tarvi received the “Top Outstanding Young Person of the Year” award from JCI (Junior Chamber International) for the achievements in technological developments.

Denis Morel

Denis Morel arbeitet seit mehr als fünf Jahren bei der Schweizerischen Post und ist dort als Leiter E-Voting verantwortlich für dieses Geschäft für die Post.

Denis Morel ist ausgebildeter Mathematiker und arbeitete nach seiner Promotion an der Universität Freiburg mehrere Jahre lang für verschiedene Unternehmen in der IT-Beratung.

Dabei bearbeitete er unter anderem Themen wie Geldwäschereibekämpfung, E-Health und E-Government.

Denis Morel ist verheiratet, Vater von 3 Kindern und lebt im Kanton Fribourg.

Philipp Löpfe

Philipp Löpfe was named Swiss Economic Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2015.

He works for the online news portal «Watson». He has a Masters degree in Arts (University of Zürich) and an MBA (Universitiy of St. Gallen).

In his long career Mr. Löpfe was editor-in-chief of «Tages-Anzeiger» and «SonntagsBlick».

He has written several books, the most recent one, together with Oliver Fiecheter, is called «Aufstieg der digitalen Stammesgesellschaft» (Ascent of the digital tribal society).

Philipp Löpfe is married and lives in Zürich.

Watson.ch

We've set out to build a completely new user experience in the area of news and entertainment on mobile devices.

Our first focus will be Switzerland, especially the German speaking part.

Franz Grüter

Franz Grüter war von 2008 bis 2015 gleichzeitig CEO und Verwaltungsratspräsident der green.ch Gruppe.

Per 1. Januar 2016 übergab er sein Amt als Geschäftsführer an einen Nachfolger, um mehr Zeit für sein Nationalratsmandat zu gewinnen.

Er verantwortet aber weiterhin als Verwaltungsratspräsident die strategische Ausrichtung des Providers und Rechenzentrumsanbieters.

Tarvi Martens

Tarvi Martens has been a key figure in the Estonian IT and information security field for the past dozen years.

Tarvi has been building governmental internet (1993-1997), developing information security and PKI products (1997-2001) and being actively involved in various aspects of developing Estonian e-government in a whole.

Tarvi was among the originators of the Estonian ID card project in 1996 and of DigiDoc, the national de facto standard in Estonia for digital signatures, in 2002.

In 2003, he started the e-voting project with National Electoral Committee in order to provide Estonian electoral system with Internet voting capability.

In 2007, Tarvi received the “Top Outstanding Young Person of the Year” award from JCI (Junior Chamber International) for the achievements in technological developments.

Christian Folini

Christian Folini is a medieval historian working as a security engineer and open source enthusiast. He holds a PhD in medieval history and enjoys defending castles across Europe. Unfortunately, defending medieval castles is not a big business anymore and therefore, he turned to defending web servers, which he finds equally challenging. He brings more than ten years of experience with ModSecurity configuration in high security environments, DDoS defense and threat modeling.

Christian Folini is the author of the second edition of the ModSecurity Handbook and one of the few teachers on this subject. He writes for O'Reilly and co-leads the OWASP ModSecurity Core Rule Set project; used by various E-Voting projects to secure their infrastructure.

Christian serves as vice president of the Swiss federal public-private-partnership "Swiss Cyber Experts". He also helps to edit the Center for Internet Security "Apache Benchmark" and serves as the program chair of the "Swiss Cyber Storm" conference. He is also a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, where he tries to use his background in the humanities to explain hardcore technical topics to various audiences.

Denis Morel

Denis Morel arbeitet seit mehr als fünf Jahren bei der Schweizerischen Post und ist dort als Leiter E-Voting verantwortlich für dieses Geschäft für die Post.

Denis Morel ist ausgebildeter Mathematiker und arbeitete nach seiner Promotion an der Universität Freiburg mehrere Jahre lang für verschiedene Unternehmen in der IT-Beratung.

Dabei bearbeitete er unter anderem Themen wie Geldwäschereibekämpfung, E-Health und E-Government.

Denis Morel ist verheiratet, Vater von 3 Kindern und lebt im Kanton Fribourg.

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