Researchers at the University of New England are giving everyday Australians an opportunity to have a say on the future of mobile e-voting.
University of New England PhD Candidate, Phillip Zada, recently launched Mobile Voting as a public awareness campaign to identify and address the possibility of implementing a successful mobile internet e-voting platform for Australian elections.
Mr Zada said the research team had tremendous success with the launch of the Mobile Voting campaign and are very excited about the next phase of the research.
“We have devised a quick 21-question survey that is available online and by post. The survey responses will enable our research team to set a baseline from which to continue our research.
“We believe this research to be an integral part of understanding what will be involved to introduce a mobile e-voting platform in Australia.
“And with the upcoming 2015 NSW General State Elections trial of the iVote system, we believe this is the best time to gauge the public’s opinion of the technological concept,” Mr Zada said.
Associate Professor Paul Kwan, research team member and Mr Zada’s supervisor, said that while the technologies that can make mobile internet e-Voting a reality already exist, it is nonetheless critical to increase the public’s awareness and gauge their perceptions for this alternate channel for voting to succeed.
The anonymous public survey is open until 30 April 2015.
Mr Zada is supervised in his research by UNE’s Associate Professor Paul Kwan and Dr Greg Falzon.
You can also stay informed on the debate by following Mobile Voting on:
* Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mobilevotingau)
* Twitter @MobileVotingAU
This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of New England. Approval No HE15-005, Valid to 13/03/2016.