OpenVote: A Usability Study of an Evoting System

We recently conducted a pilot study of a platform known as OpenVote here at the University of Luxembourg. We also started to explore issues of trust surrounding evoting. OpenVote implements an electronic version of the “hands up in a public meeting” metaphor except that your vote is kept anonymous. You can see who else has taken part but not their actual vote. The study ended up being slightly bigger than expected with around 30 participants, although thanks to some network glitches data from a few are probably not usable. We will publish the results hopefully later this year.

Thanks go to my colleagues Jose Lopez and Dalia Khader who both developed the system and also were part of the team which conducted the usability studies.

 

About Rod McCall

Rod McCall is a researcher in the field of human-computer interaction in areas such as augmented reality, mobile gaming in-car systems and virtual environments. He has a passing interest in economics after not being entirely convinced by the rubbish presented as fact during lectures on that particular subject while at uni.
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