Re: Refined Trusted Entity

From: Ron Crane <voting_at_lastland_dot_net>
Date: Fri Apr 08 2005 - 23:22:05 CDT

On Apr 8, 2005, at 6:22 PM, David Mertz wrote:

> On Apr 8, 2005, at 9:05 PM, Ron Crane wrote:
>> Trusted Entity: An entity, upon the truthfulness of whose assertions,
>> and upon the integrity of whose actions, a voting system's security
>> is contingent. A vendor is a trusted entity to the extent that we are
>> forced to trust that it has not, for example, incorporated a Trojan
>> Horse into its voting system. The amount of trust reposed in an
>> entity may be reduced by the appropriate use of public review
>> procedures, public source control procedures, cryptographic
>> signatures, and the like. A person who exercises a prerogative of a
>> trusted entity is a "trusted person". This term makes no assertions
>> concerning trustworthiness.
> Excellent!
> I'm starting to think you didn't just get that J.D. out of a Cracker
> Jacks box :-). Very lawyerly precision.

Not Cracker Jacks (tm), but Lucky Charms (tm). Cracker Jacks (tm) gives
lousy J.D.s, but, I have been led to believe, outstanding M.S.s and
Ph.Ds ;-)


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