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Academics land e-vote research funding

The National Science Foundation plans to fund research into the technology and public policy behind building a secure system.

The National Science Foundation plans to supply $7.5 million over the next five years for a project investigating techniques to create a more secure and trustworthy electronic voting system. Researchers said they will focus not only on hardware and programming--including cryptography and safeguards against tampering--but also legal and public policy questions involved in the transition.

Johns Hopkins University computer science professor Avi Rubin will lead the center, which will be called ACCURATE, short for A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable, and Transparent Elections. Four other universities and the nonprofit research institute SRI International will also participate through the grant, part of the $36 million NSF awarded through its 2005 Cyber Trust program, earmarked for cybersecurity research.