Stages of Research

Stage 1 - Primary Research

This is the initial stage of the project, where detailed research will be conducted to find out what has been achieved and previously researched in the world of mobile Internet voting. Scholarly literature and past trials will be analysed and the first survey and target interview questions will be designed.

 

Stage 2 - Data Collection (Round 1)

At this stage interested members of the public will be able to have their say and gather opinions in what they believe is important to them if they were able to cast a vote via a mobile device. This will be captured by way of a distributed survey that focuses on perceived challenges discovered during the primary research (Stage 1).

Data will also be gathered from the AURIN Network. AURIN (or Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network http://aurin.org.au/), is a national collaboration delivering e-research infrastructure to empower better decisions for Australia's Urban settlement and their future development.  AURIN provides seamless, secure access to a wide range of distributed data sets and services including voting data; voting catchment areas; voting booth locations, with a range of tools for visualisation and analysis of these data sets in particular urban/spatial contexts. AURIN will assist in providing Socio-Demographic Data.

Street booth's will also be set-up to capture data required for targeted survey's during an Australian election in the respective city.

 

Stage 3 - Collation and Analysis

Data collected from Stage 2 along with the findings from Stage 1 will be analysed. More specifically and in more technical terms significant differences in the data will be detected using hypothesis testing with regression models. The findings will then be used to validate, reject or newly identify challenges and categories these challenges.

 

Stage 4 - Continued Research / Demo App

Continued research will be conducted to address challenges discovered, if an existing sufficient solution cannot be found, a potential solution will be created.

Utilising the findings, a demo app containing a potential user interface for a mobile Internet e-voting, will be developed.

 

Stage 5 - Data Collection (Round 2)

The demo app will be presented to the respondents prior to undertaking a second survey, this will allow the research to capture a new set of responses, if the potential solutions to the challenges found have or have not been addresses sufficiently.

Targeted interviews will also be conducted in an attempt to achieve the same goal.

 

Stage 6 - Collation and Analysis

Data collected from Stage 2 along with the findings from Stage 1 will be analysed. More specifically and in more technical terms significant differences in the data will be detected using hypothesis testing with regression models. The findings will then be used to validate, reject or newly identify challenges and categories these challenges.

 

Stage 7 - Present Findings

At the final stage of this research, the findings will be presented in the form of an vulnerability analysis. A Vulnerability Analysis is generally used when identifying software vulnerabilities, however it has also been used in emergency preparation planning and threat assessments such as risk analysis which in most cases consider a full spectrum of threats, such as natural, criminal, terrorist, etc…

The vulnerability analysis will contain the identified challenges and manner in which to address these challenges.

 

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