Money, democracy, and transparency

From: David Mertz <voting-project_at_gnosis_dot_cx>
Date: Fri Aug 15 2003 - 15:17:10 CDT

"Alan Dechert" <adechert@earthlink.net> wrote:
|Okay. FYI, I have in the neighborhood of $200,000 of my time and
|expenses invested in the project so far (beginning in Nov of 2000 with
|first published descriptions in Dec of 2000)....I intend to recover
|these costs.

This quite exacerbates my concerns. I got involved because I wanted to
promote transparency and security of election processes... NOT because
of a desire to remunerate Mr. Dechert. It sure looks here like Alan
puts the getting money thing very high in his concern, and the democracy
thing as a sort of peripheral issue (I suspect said opportunity costs
were inflated too, but that's minor).

I do not wish to contribute my code (nor encourage others to) for the
narrow purpose of putting money in some particular persons pocket.
Heck, not even if it were my own pocket, but certainly not someone
else's.

Yours, David...

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