Re: Possible OVC "sub project"?

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 08:14:22 CDT

It's reasonable for there to be an OVC "seal of approval" or the
like. However, in the voting arena, the term certification has a
specific meaning relating to federal and state certification process.

When you say, we at SV OVC, it would be helpful to identify who all
you are and what you plan.

I am all for the process of volunteers creating software. We did
that with the demo, with limited success and a duration that took
twice as long as scheduled. If you can do better, more power to you.

Best regards,

At 3:03 PM -0700 4/27/05, JamBoi wrote:
>A correction: of course we at OVC *can* set industry standards, create
>a certificate and the conformance test suite required for a
>manufacturer to get our certification! Its done every day in the
>software industry under the banner of "Open Standards".
>If OVC doesn't want to do this MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF THE WHOLE
>PICTURE FOR OPEN E-VOTING then we at SV OVC will just add that to our
>to do list. But really I think that is a task that OVC could do much
>more effectively than the implementation projects that are being talked
>about right now. If the people on this list will work out the general
>concepts of the standard, we can easily translate them into engineerish
>and into the actual Open E-Voting Standards. No problem. We can then
>even turn it into an API, followed by a conformance test suite. There
>is no magic involved here. We at SV OVC have extensive experience in
>doing this type of work for the software industry.
>Now its true that this will not equal governmental certification. In
>fact it will be a much stricter standard. But if we do our job right
>then many governmental bodies and eventually hopefully even the federal
>government itself and other nations will adopt our standards.
>> --- Arthur Keller <> wrote:
>> > We are not in control of the certification process. While we can
>> > create our own acceptance and quality assurance tests, we cannot
>> > create the tests for certification. For better or worse, the
>> > Independent Testing Authorities and the individual states do
>> federal
>> > and state certification, respectively. There is cost involved in
>> > submission for certification.
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