Mind & Society

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 19–23 | Cite as

Trust, secrecy and accuracy in voting systems: the case for transparency



If voting systems are to be trusted, they not only need to preserve both secrecy (if requested) and accuracy, but the mechanisms that preserve these features should be transparent, in the sense of being both cognitively understandable and accessible. Electronic voting systems, much as they promise accuracy in counting, and on top of being criticized for their insufficient protection of secrecy, violate the transparency requirement.


Social epistemology Trust Voting Voting systems Electronic voting 



Paper prepared under EU grant FP7-ICT-2007-C 213360 Liquid Publication. Thanks to Stefano Zacchiroli for useful comments.


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© Fondazione Rosselli 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNRS-EHESS-ENS, Ecole Normale SupérieureInstitut Nicod, Pavillon JardinParisFrance

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