Networking Technologies for Remote Voting Systems

Indian Institute of Technology Bhilai in collaboration with the Election Commission of India organized a Webinar on “Networking Technologies for Remote Voting Systems” on October 7, 2020. Panelists from the industry, academia and PSUs discussed various aspects of developing secure networking technologies for implementing remote voting mechanisms in India.

Shri. Rajeev Kumar, Election Commissioner of India, Shri Ashish Kundra, Deputy Election Commissioner of India, Shri Subrat Sahoo, Additional Chief Secretary, Govt, of Chhattisgarh and Prof. Rajat Moona, IIT Bhilai addressed the session. These prominent speakers set the stage of the webinar and introduced the subject of remote voting and highlighted the enhanced security, privacy and networking concerns in the context of remote voting systems.

The discussions emphasized on the requirement of manufacturers and telecom service providers to present solutions to specific data connectivity problems encountered in polling booths and data centres so that remote voting technology can be perfected by the 2024 elections. Experts discussed technical possibilities to implement the process and reiterated that security, trust and the robustness of the system are of paramount importance during the designing phase.

The webinar had the participation of R&D labs, network equipment manufacturers, Internet service providers and Government officials. Companies like CDOT, Arista Networks, CISCO Networks, Juniper Networks, Dell Technologies, Airtel India, Vodafone Plus, Idea and BSNL India gave their views and showcased the technological landscape for seamlessly developing networking technologies in remote voting and chalked out a method for implementing the process of idea-to-market for this soon-to-be-implemented technology.

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