Acceptance of voting technology: between confidence and trust


Pieters, W. (2006) Acceptance of voting technology: between confidence and trust. In: K. Stølen et al.(eds) iTrust 2006 (pp. pp. 283-297).

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Abstract:Social aspects of security of information systems are often
discussed in terms of “actual security” and “perceived security”. This may
lead to the hypothesis that e-voting is controversial because in paper
voting, actual and perceived security coincide, whereas they do not in
electronic systems. In this paper, we argue that the distinction between
actual and perceived security is problematic from a philosophical perspective,
and we develop an alternative approach, based on the notion of trust.
We investigate the different meanings of this notion in computer science,
and link these to the philosophical work of Luhmann, who distinguishes
between familiarity, confidence and trust. This analysis yields several useful
distinctions for discussing trust relations with respect to information
technology. We apply our framework to electronic voting, and propose
some hypotheses that can possibly explain the smooth introduction of
electronic voting machines in the Netherlands in the early nineties.
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