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Online Voting with Video-clip Authentication

Vote online by logging into a secure government voting website. Authenticate your vote by recording and uploading a video clip confirming that you have voted.

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Vote online by logging into a secure government voting website. Authenticate your vote by recording and uploading a video clip confirming that you have voted (there will be a prompt for doing this). The recorded video includes an audio or sign language confirmation of voting on that day. The vote is valid only if the video recording has been successfully uploaded to the secure government voting website.

How will this concept improve election accessibility for everyone?

Smartphones, tablets and webcam-enabled computers are ubiquitous. The recorded video includes an audio or sign language confirmation of voting on that day.

How well does this concept adapt to the changing needs of different voter communities?

Language and disability is not a barrier to recording a video while affording a high level of protection against fraud as the video can be played back to identify any mischief.

What kinds of resources – whether time, money, people, partnerships, technology or otherwise – will be needed to get this concept off the ground?

Willingness of Election Commissions to test an online voting video-clip authentication system.
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Photo of Daniel

Hi Avi, you may want to think about how your idea would address issues such as voter privacy. Also, you may want to consider the needs of election officials. How can this system enable them to be sure that a person is eligible to vote in a particular election (e.g. where they live, citizenship, etc.)? How can this system enable an efficient post-election audit to verify the results?

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Thanks for the insightful feedback Daniel!
Of course, this concept would only work in a (relatively) non-corrupt democracy which is why the voting occurs only through a secure website run by the election commission.
Existing online governmental services provided to the citizen could be leveraged to establish and protect voter identity.
Maybe a special private section of youtube could be allocated to handle the massive video upload bandwidth requirements on election day.
The system will work only if every uploaded video can be accessed if needed by authorized election officials to determine absence of fraud. The recorded video is itself the deterrent against misuse.

Photo of Jakob

Agree with Daniel, there is potential in the technology but the privacy might be a problem, how to ensure privacy and voters are not under pressure when voting?

Photo of Avi

Cardboard to the rescue! How about an individual privacy screen made out of cardboard with the candidates, parties and voting video confirmation instructions printed on it with user-friendly icons? You use it even if you are alone as a symbolic act of privacy while voting.