Online lecture on election technologies and trust in elections

Online via Zoom
Delfien Cloet

Fall Lecture Series Carsten

CITIS/ECePS ERA Chair in University of Tartu is continuing with the public lecture series on e-governance.

On Friday, February 11th at 12.00 EET (11 CET), Prof Carsten Schürmann from IT University Copenhagen will talk about election technologies and trust. The lecture will be followed by a discussion moderated by Prof Robert Krimmer. The event is fully online and in English.

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Brief summary: Elections are devices to settle a civil conflict in a peaceful and orderly manner among the different stakeholder groups in society that represent opposing interests. Without trust, voters may not accept the result of an election, which can challenge peace, order, and human rights. In the lecture, Prof Schürmann will return to Kenya 2017 and analyze some of the challenges that election technologies have brought to the election.

BIO: Carsten Schürmann is a professor in computer science at the IT University of Copenhagen, where he heads the Center for Information Security and Trust. His research focuses on election security. He consults with governmental and non-governmental organizations on Internet Voting.  He has worked with the OSCE/ODIHR as a senior election expert and has been a member of several election observation missions, to Kenya 2017 (the Carter Center), USA 2018 (OSCE/ODIHR), and Estonia 2019 (OSCE/ODIHR). Prior to moving to Denmark, Carsten was a member of the computer science faculty at Yale University. He holds a PhD degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.


Studies – ECePS – the ERA Chair in e-Governance and Digital Public Services (


What is ENLIGHT?

Ghent University is coordinating ENLIGHT, a European University alliance with 9 European partners: it unites the universities of the Basque Country (ES-PV), Bordeaux (FR), Bratislava (SK), Galway (IE), Göttingen (DE), Groningen (NL), Tartu (EE), Uppsala (SE) and Ghent (BE).It is funded by the European Commission, through its pilot program for new multilateral networks. ENLIGHT aims to undertake a fundamental transformation of European higher education, and will create an open space between the partners by 2030 to facilitate access to education and research across the network for students, teachers and researchers, via a digital, interuniversity campus. Another focus is challenge-based education: tackling societal challenges in multidisciplinary teams. You can find more information on ENLIGHT via the website  or (NL)

Besides the activities planned in the pilot project (2020-2023), the network also allows for bottom-up initiatives. UGent has an open internal call to promote cooperation:

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