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Alexandros Xenakis

Alex joined the International Teledemocracy Centre in October 2000.

Alex Xenakis

Alexandros was a doctoral research student with the School of Computing. His 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).

Alexandros' research, under the supervision of Prof. Ann Macintosh, focused on electronic voting. The research question he explored is: "What are the emerging constraints in re-designing the electoral process in relation to information and communication technologies (ICT)?" Alexandros has undertaken a detailed study of the recent UK e-voting experience in the final stages of his PhD. His approach to electronic voting does not examine whether e-voting should become a standard voting practice, but beginning with the hypothesis 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.

Alex graduated in May 2005, becoming Dr Alexandros Petrou Xenakis and is now an affiliate of the ITC.

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