As part of their commitment to a guiding principle of transparency, the consortium partners behind the Mobile Voting project have released nearly 50 pages of preliminary architectural narratives, designs, threat model summaries, and more. External stakeholders are invited to explore, comment and engage.
In September, Assembly Voting received grant funding from US based Tusk Philanthropies , and announced our selection to form part of an initiative named ‘Mobile Voting Project’ aimed at developing a new open source, end-to-end verifiable mobile voting application for digital absentee voting in US public elections.
Working alongside Open Source Election Technology (OSET), a non-profit institute devoted to election technology research, our mutual focus has been to move forward the design and development of a next generation mobile voting solution. In order to make this process as open and transparent as possible, we have commited to regularly publish design artifacts documenting the design and development of the system.
The first of these progressive releases was made public on the 2nd December. This includes nearly 50 pages of documentation which chronicle the current state of the project. They specifically outline how the systems are currently configured, current data flows, and cyber security implications as they stand now. The current architecture and associated narrative are not indicative of the final product. Data flows and system configurations are subject to change based on future findings and planned optimizations. The documents are meant to serve as a guide for interested parties to assess the current state of the build, understand broad dataflows and cyber implications, and provide input or ask questions.
From the very beginning of the Mobile Voting Project, transparency and proactively seeking feedback from the broadest possible range of election stakeholders on the design and architecture, has been a guiding principle in the development process, explains CEO in Assembly Voting, Jacob Gyldenkærne.
“Transparency is crucial because we believe taking an open and inclusive approach to engage with key external stakeholders will eventually enable us to build a far stronger solution. At Assembly Voting this has always been a key part of our DNA. We grew out of an academic environment and have continuously used leading academic researchers and security experts in the elections field to guide our development efforts,” he says.
All of the current design artifacts are publicly accessible from the Mobile Voting project website, and we invite you to explore each document and see the progress made so far during the development of this system.