Re: Glossary from NIST/EAC

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Tue Apr 05 2005 - 13:33:15 CDT

On Monday 04 April 2005 12:24, Alan Dechert wrote:
> Thanks, David. I think we should try for "open voting." We
> can refer to Irwin Mann's paper.
>
> http://archive.cpsr.net/conferences/cfp93/mann.html
>
> We refer to such a system as an "open voting system".
> Such a system is defined as one where:
>
> - every element of every component, both hardware
> and software, is in the public domain,

Aagh! No! Free Software is explicitly not public domain!

[regains composure] OK, we can quote this as long as we always
draw the clear distinction between the public domain as a
general term for the intellectual commons and Public Domain as a
legal term in copyright and other IP law.

[Public Domain software invites "The Tragedy of the Commons".
http://dieoff.org/page95.htm
Free Software is an example of the counter-argument expressed in
"The *Real* Tragedy of the Commons".
http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2002/9/28/22156/1582?pid=80, that
is, as a measure to prevent enclosure by the wealthy.]

-- 
Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
"A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
--Alice in Wonderland
http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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