Use of a Mobile Device App for Voting and its Challenges


Traditionally, paper ballots have been used in elections in the United States. This project explores the security challenges associated with the deployment and use of a voting app installed on a personal mobile device. App-based voting would increase accessibility and potentially also voter turnout. Furthermore, existing technologies associated with mobile banking apps could be used to augment the authentication process. Our study suggests that due to cybersecurity challenges and limitations and lack of sufficient confidence by the public in sharing personal information on mobile apps, Americans are not ready to fully adopt a mobile voting app in place of traditional voting methods. We recommend rigorous stress testing and development, raising awareness, and creating a public-private partnership tasked to provide a cradle-to-grave system while safeguarding voter privacy and vote integrity, for the app. Finally, we advocate the introduction of the app in small pilot programs throughout the United States.
Capstone (EMCS)--Brown University, 2020

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Dahal, Shubha, "Use of a Mobile Device App for Voting and its Challenges" (2020). Executive Master in Cybersecurity. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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