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ITC celebrates as Alexandros is awarded PhD

The International Teledemocracy Centre is celebrating, as its first PhD student becomes Dr Alexandros Petrou Xenakis.

Alexandros joined ITC in October 2000, researching procedural security in e-voting, culminating in his doctoral thesis: "Electronic voting in the UK: An exploration of procedural security, e-electoral administration and social acceptance of the e-electoral process".

ITC would like to say: "Congratulations Alex, we're going to miss you."

Alexandros' research was funded by Napier University since May 2003. His previous academic qualifications include a BA Honours in Business Administration from the Aegean University in Greece (Chios) and a BA Honours in Political Science from Pantion University (Athens).

The research, supervised by Professor Ann Macintosh, focused on electronic voting. The research question he explores is: "What are the emerging constraints in re-designing the electoral process in relation to information and communication technologies (ICT)?" This included a detailed study of the UK e-voting pilots. His approach to electronic voting does not examine whether e-voting should become a standard voting practice, but beginning with the assumption that some stakeholders are willing to deploy e-voting systems, he explores how electronic voting can be provided in a secure and effective way. Taking a process approach to elections he suggests that the traditional voting process is re-engineered into an e-voting process through the adoption of available e-voting technologies. Then, following a per stage analysis of the process, based on the UK e-voting example, he identifies and discusses the issues of procedural security, e-electoral administration and trust.

Although e voting is considered within the wider scope of e-democracy, since the electoral process is government provided, from an administration point of view e-voting is also related to e-government. Therefore, the traditional decision making participatory voting process, acquires characteristics of electronically provided government services. As a result of this intersection of e-democracy and e-government, the secure and effective provision of the e-voting process presents a high level of complexity.

Abstracts of Alexandros' recent publications can be found linked to their titles on the Publications page.

In the near future Alexandros hopes to use the knowledge and skills he acquired during his time at the ITC in the service of e-governance in the Hellenic Republic.

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