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

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Thu Apr 28 2005 - 10:57:15 CDT

At 7:54 AM -0700 4/28/05, JamBoi wrote:
>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
>REALISTICALLY BE COMPLETED IN 6 MONTHS. That is assuming a small,
>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.

The schedule should include the certification process, which could be
another 6 months.

>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.

That's part of the concept for shared OVC-approved software.

>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
>hosting).

You have to be careful that data is not released early. Open Data
standards is what we're trying to do with the IEEE P1622 Standards
committee.

>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.

That's an excellent thing to produce. There have been various
discussions about creating one, but no formal document yet exists.

>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.
>
>JamBoi

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