Results of last night's SV OVC meeting (was Re: A small measure of strong support for Open Source Elex Software)

From: JamBoi <jamboi_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 09:54:36 CDT

In our SV OVC Tek meeting last night we:

1) Agreed that the project(s) could take place much more rapidly if
done by non-volunteer effort. In fact FROM THE TIME THE REQUIREMENTS
WERE COMPLETED (we've been unable to locate a Requirements document let
alone Specs or Open Standards documentation) A SYSTEM COULD
funded team of professionals working full-time (or more than full-time
as we do things in Silicon Valley ;-) ). From there maintenance and
rev.s could be done by a larger volunteer effort as previously
described. We had some ideas on funding such a project also.

2) Agreed that a GPLed codebase could be used by many companies and
entities on many platforms so as to cut down dramatically on the
variables involved providing a "seal of approval"/certification.

3) Agreed that as Ron Crane pointed out, to really protect the system
from cracking we need to be mindful of every single piece of software,
firmware and hardware on the system and guard against sereptitious
wireless connections. We agreed a system with no hard drive booting
from a diskless system CDROM is the way to go.

4) We talked briefly about how some researchers suspect XML/RSS
"aggregation" feeds were used to crack the system on a massive scale
this last time around and how we must guard against that.

5) A pitch was made for Open Data in addition to Open Standards and
Open Source software (more on this on Sunday's Tek Pow Wow we are

6) A basic assessment of the project(s) status was taken resulting in
many more questions than answers.

7) Agreed that the first order of business as with all such projects is
to produce a Requirements document. We would hope for a schedule for
the completion of such document to emerge from discussion here on this
list (or maybe better on the OVC Technical Discussion list) and the
meeting on Sunday.

8) Agreed that there were many positive reasons to lean towards a Java
cross platform solution. Spoke about the positive aspects of python
and wxWorks also.

9) Discussed and debated how to maintain a Secret Ballot but still
allow for cross checking and error catching and correction between the
EVM and (what I'll call for lack of knowledge of the OVC terminology)
Scanning Station.

10) Agreed on a basic system vision/proposal (more on this in Sunday's
Tek Pow Wow).
To answer the earlier question, re: SV OVC Tek leadership people,
please come to the Sunday Tek Pow Wow meeting we are hosting and we
will introduce our leadership team "in person" (or if you are on the
conference call I guess it'll have to be "in audio" :-) ). Suffice it
to say we have years and years experience between us of work at IBM,
HP, Apple and Sun (not to mention independent Open Source development).
 We have expertise on Project Management, Data Security (directly from
the financial industry), Public/Private Key Security systems (extremely
useful for tracking chain-of-control as well as vote confirmability),
the Java platform (among many others), Database Technology (including a
patent holder), Smart Card Technology, Open Source Development,
Vertical Market Development, Conformance Testing and Certification
Process Creation, Industry Standards Body work, Government Systems
Marketing, Sales, etc., etc., etc. I'm confident you'll be as
impressed as I am with the leadership team we've assembled.


--- Arthur Keller <> wrote:
> 1. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
> 2. Interest does not equal sustained effort.
> Those being said, it makes sense to marshall the potential volunteer
> effort to see what can be developed.
> I, for one, would welcome your efforts in doing that. However, there
> is a lot of work that needs to happen to get there, including writing
> full formal specs, etc.
> Best regards,
> Arthur
> At 1:19 AM -0700 4/28/05, JamBoi wrote:
> >Okay, in addition to the fact that 11-2 CHANGED EVERYTHING! if you
> just
> >go out and google around you'll see there's a big head of steam for
> >Open Source Election Software. So don't tell me we can't find
> anyone
> >to participate...
> >
> >Check out this Slashdot article from Oct. '04 re: NYT Endorses Open
> >Source Software Election Software (and read the voluminous
> comments):
> >
> >
> >Now here's some tidbits from Googling:
> >
> >Here's a competing group here in the U.S. "Blue Screen Democracy"
> >calling for Open Source developers to help write Elex software, Mar
> 18
> >of this year!:
> >
> >
> >And another called ChoicePlus:
> >
> >
> >A call for it from LinuxInsider:
> >
> >
> >A blog in favor:
> >
> >
> >Australia has Open Source Elex Software (in C on Linux) since 2001:
> >
> >
> >The Dutch went Open Source (GPL) in '04:
> >
> >
> >
> >A German system:
> >
> >For LOTS more go here:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >JamBoi
> >
> >"Live humbly, laugh often and love unconditionally" (anon)
> >
> >
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