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Scytl Showcases Accessible Voting for Persons with Disabilities at UNESCO

  • Published: 2014-11-28 : Scytl (scytl.com).
  • Synopsis: Scytl shares insight on helping voters with disabilities overcome challenges and barriers faced when looking to exercise their democratic right to vote.

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Quote: "From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of ICT for Persons with Disabilities."

In close participation with UNESCO and its "From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of ICT for Persons with Disabilities" initiative, Scytl shares insight on how it is helping voters and citizens with disabilities overcome the challenges and barriers faced when looking to exercise their democratic right to vote and participate fully in their community.

Scytl, the worldwide leader in secure online voting and election modernization, today announced its close participation with UNESCO and its global initiative "From Exclusion to Empowerment: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies for Persons with Disabilities" and the conference taking place in New Delhi November 24 - 26, 2014.

Built on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and UNESCO's unique mandate for education, science, communication, and information within the United Nations system, the conference will allow Scytl to share insight on how Scytl's Online Voting and eDemocracy solutions help promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of persons with disabilities through the use of ICT solutions for secure, private and accessible voting and citizen engagement.

Scytl online voting - enfranchising persons with disabilities
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"We are extremely proud of Scytl's track record in working with organizations and governments across the globe to enfranchise persons with disabilities in their fundamental democratic right to vote privately and securely without assistance and support their inclusion in all aspects of society," says Anand G. Dhuri, Director for the Indian Subcontinent, Scytl. "We remain fully committed to put our technology and expertise at the disposal of organizations such as UNESCO for the inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities in a comprehensive and secure manner."

Scytl's secure technology leverages encryption technology and security best practices to allow voters to transmit their ballot securely and privately over the Internet, phone or at kiosks supporting multiple assistive devices to facilitate accessibility, from screen readers to sip & puff devices and results in assuring the UNCRPD directives of:

Protecting a persons with disabilities right to vote by secret ballot in elections and public referendums without intimidation, and to stand for elections, to effectively hold office and perform all public functions at all levels of government, facilitating the use of assistive and new technologies where appropriate;

Guaranteeing the free expression of the will of persons with disabilities as electors and to this end, where necessary, at their request, allowing assistance in voting by a person of their own choice.

Scytl is the global leader in secure election management and electronic voting solutions.

Specializing in election modernization technologies, Scytl offers the first end-to-end election management and voting platform, providing the highest security and transparency standards currently available. Scytl has capitalized on its more than 18 years of research to develop election-specific cryptographic security technology protected by more than 40 international patents and patent applications, positioning Scytl as the company with the largest patent portfolio of the industry.

Scytl's solutions have been successfully used in more than 35 countries throughout the world over the last 10 years, including Canada, the United States, Mexico, Ecuador, France, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the UAE, India, Iceland and Australia. Scytl is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain with strategic offices in Canada, the United States, Peru and Greece as well as field offices in the UK, Ukraine, Malaysia, India and Brazil. www.scytl.com

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