A Blockchain-Based Scalable Approach to Protecting Electronic Voting from Central Authority Attacks

Brandon D. Anderson, Stephen S. Yau

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Abstract

In order to have a trustworthy electronic voting system, the system is required to protect voter privacy, ensure election integrity, and provide means of verifiability in a trusted and secure manner. Recently, blockchain has been used to improve election integrity significantly. The use of blockchain has significant benefits for both universal and individual voter verifiability due to the property of immutability of the blockchain. However, it can quickly run into scalability problems when protecting voter eligibility qualification and voter privacy. Some existing scalable electronic voting approaches are subject to attacks from central authorities. In this paper, a scalable approach to protecting electronic voting from central authority attacks is presented. The biased blind multisignature is developed and used to improve the scalability of our approach. It is shown that this approach is substantially better than the existing approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing and International Conference on Cyber Science and Technology Congress, DASC/PiCom/CBDCom/CyberSciTech 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages724-730
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781665421744
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event19th IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, 19th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, 7th IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing and 2021 International Conference on Cyber Science and Technology Congress, DASC/PiCom/CBDCom/CyberSciTech 2021 - Virtual, Online, Canada
Duration: Oct 25 2021Oct 28 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2021 IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing and International Conference on Cyber Science and Technology Congress, DASC/PiCom/CBDCom/CyberSciTech 2021

Conference

Conference19th IEEE International Conference on Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing, 19th IEEE International Conference on Pervasive Intelligence and Computing, 7th IEEE International Conference on Cloud and Big Data Computing and 2021 International Conference on Cyber Science and Technology Congress, DASC/PiCom/CBDCom/CyberSciTech 2021
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/25/2110/28/21

Keywords

  • biased blind multisignature
  • Blockchain
  • cryptography
  • election integrity
  • electronic voting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Control and Optimization

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