|[June 19, 2014]
First-of-a-Kind Global Centre of Excellence to Advance Internet Voting
ESTONIA --(Business Wire)--
Smartmatic, world leader in the automation of elections, and
Cybernetica, the Estonian R&D lab that built the original Internet
voting system used in Estonia, have created a first-of-a-kind Centre for
Excellence to study and develop Internet voting on a global scale.
It's called the Smartmatic-Cybernetica Centre for Excellence for
Internet Voting and has been created as a multidisciplinary centre of
research and development. Its goal will be to study and develop the
process of voting over the Internet from all angles: social, political,
organisational, procedural and technological.
"Estonia has been at the leading edge of Internet voting for years and
is widely acknowledged as pioneers in the field. They are the only
country in the world where all voters can choose to vote over the
Internet securely. When we were looking at investing in the future of
Internet voting, it made a lot of sense to go to the source of the
world's best experience," said Paul Babic, Chief Strategy Officer at
Estonia was the first country in the world to adopt Internet voting as a
tool, and as many as 30% of Estonian voters have voted online in seven
generalelections over the last ten years.
"We are very excited by this opportunity to take our extensive
experience in government technologies and to make them available to
other governments around the world. The blending of Cybernetica and
Smartmatic talent and prowess brings a winning combination of experience
in innovative technology and global reach capability," said Oliver
Väärtnõu, CEO of Cybernetica.
The Centre for Excellence will look at factors such as user-friendliness
and convenience, ergonomics and accessibility, security and
auditability. In doing so, it aims to extend the reach of the world's
best breed of Internet voting systems. It will be based in Tartu, the
intellectual capital of Estonia.
Smartmatic focuses on creating technology and offering services that
have a profound social impact. In helping governments run better
elections, we have processed over 2.3 billion auditable, secret and
secure votes in more than 3,500 fraud-free elections. Our innovative
approach to elections has made us the leader in the electronic voting
industry worldwide in terms of revenue, profit, product offering,
geographical presence and technological advancement.
We employ over 800 people in the US, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Mexico,
Barbados, Haiti, Brazil, Panama, Venezuela, Philippines, India and
Cybernetica is an R&D intensive ICT company that researches, develops
and manufactures secure e-government software solutions, light
signalling and telematics products, surveillance and communications
systems. They were the original developers of Estonia's renowned
Internet voting system for government elections, the first and only such
system to be used in national and general elections in the world.
Cybernetica, headquartered in Estonia, has offices in Tallinn and Tartu,
comprising advanced laboratories equipped
with state-of-the-art equipment and measuring capabilities.
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