Why Nominated: Joseph Kiniry is on the frontlines of the ongoing battle to defend America’s elections from malicious actors seeking to interfere with the democratic process. As principal scientist at Galois, and CEO and Chief Scientist of Free & Fair (a spin out of Galois), Kiniry is at the center of two major projects that seek to develop secure and transparent voting systems using open-source software.
Profile: Kiniry has nearly 20 years of experience in the design, development, support, and auditing of supervised and internet/remote electronic voting systems while he was a professor at various universities in Europe. He co-led the DemTech research group at the IT University of Copenhagen and has served as an adviser to the Dutch, Irish and Danish governments in matters relating to electronic voting. He now advises the U.S. government on these matters via his participation in working groups run by the Election Assistance Commission and National Institute of Standards and Technology. At Galois, he is the research lead in High-Assurance Secure Hardware Design, Rigorous Systems Engineering, Verifiable Elections, High-assurance Cryptography, and Audits-for-Good.
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