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Quantum cryptography will be used in Switzerland elections

Switzerland will be using quantum cryptography technology on October 21, 2007, for its parliamentary elections.

Switzerland will be using quantum cryptography technology on October 21, 2007, for its parliamentary elections.

Excerpt from Network World:

Still considered an area of advanced research, quantum cryptography uses photons to carry encryption keys to secure communications over fiber-optic lines and can automatically detect if anyone is trying to eavesdrop on a communications stream.

The quantum cryptography system that will be used this time round is made by id Quantiqu, a Swiss company. The device will secure the link between the central ballot-counting station and a government data center.

Can you think of any possible usage for quantum cryptography in your company? Do you think using quantum cryptography  in elections is overkill?

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5 comments
Nodisalsi
Nodisalsi

AFAIK: QC only guarantees an exclusive connection between two terminals - it will not prevent either terminal from modifying the message before sending or after recieving. US elections use electronic voting machines for which the SW is claimed to be Intellectual Property so they will resist access by auditors and independent monitors on that basis; furthermore their paper trail fades because it's effectively printed with disappearing ink. I trust the following links may help put things in perspective. http://www.verifiedvoting.org/ http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Diebold_insider__alleges_company_plagued_1206.html http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voting_systems/ttbr/red_diebold.pdf

archangelwade
archangelwade

Great Ideas are not Overkill. Not using them is.

paulmah
paulmah

Do you think the above use of quantum cryptography is an overkill?

lastchip
lastchip

This IS the future. Providing it is as foolproof as claimed, it should be introduced for ALL secure connections as fast as it's reasonably possible to do.

cbenson
cbenson

Our electronic voting systems are in dire need of advanced cryptography - so the sooner we can install and use the better free nations will be