Keynotes on electronic voting in Switzerland (in German)
- Dr. Tomislav Milic, Senior Assistant, Zentrum für Demokratie Aarau & UNI Zürich
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.
Starts: 1:30 pm
SIX Convention Point
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.
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.
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.
Ralf teaches at the Swiss-American university in Lugano the course Global Innovation Ecosystems.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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