Professor Candice Hoke has been active this summer in the area of Election Law. She was recently interviewed by The Statesman, an Austin, Texas, newspaper regarding a voting system decision of the Texas Supreme Court. Commenting on the current state of electronic voting, Hoke said “[t]he court’s conclusion means that electronic voting is likely be further entrenched, even as researchers find new vulnerabilities. ” She added, “[a]s precedent it’ll be difficult to overturn, but courageous courts could do so.” You can read the story at http://www.statesman.com/news/local/texas-supreme-court-dismisses-challenge-to-electronic-voting-1575833.html
Professor Hoke spoke last week at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. She participated in the Software Assurance Summer Working Group. At the working group event, Professor Hoke chaired a panel on licensing and credentialing for software engineers. You can download (application/pdf, 440.3 kB, info) the program, and see the event webpage here: https://buildsecurityin.us-cert.gov/bsi/events/1290-BSI.html.
In July, Hoke participated in an international conference on Verifiable Elections and the Public in Dagstuhl, Germany. Participants included computer scientists, political scientists, and government officials from around the world who work on internet or all-electronic elections. The purpose of the seminar was to address the security and perceptions of security for electronic and internet voting systems worldwide. For more information, see http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=11281
Professor Hoke is serving as the Program Committee Chair for a peer-review international conference on Governance of Technology. To date, the committee has released a Call for Papers for the conference, which will be held in December 2011.
Finally, Professor Hoke has reviewed and commented on eight papers, and participated in discussion regarding their acceptance for a workshop on Electronic Voting Technology.