Re: Money, democracy, and transparency

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Fri Aug 15 2003 - 16:12:22 CDT

On Friday, August 15, 2003, at 03:17 PM, David Mertz wrote:

> "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 ...

> This quite exacerbates my concerns. I got involved because
> I wanted to promote transparency and security of election
> processes ... I do not wish to contribute my code (nor
> encourage others to) for the narrow purpose of putting
> money in some particular persons pocket ...

Please folks, this thread is starting to drift toward the
ad-homenim, and that's not good.

We're generally agreed, I think, that the development of a
production quality voting system will require significant
oversight and administrative work. Alan Dechert has devoted
an inordinate fraction of his time to this, so far; we do hope
that whoever acts as full-time project administrator ought to
be paid for their full-time work, because full-time
administration on a volunteer basis isn't the kind of thing
any of us, so far as I know, can afford to donate on an
indefinite basis.

                                Doug Jones
                                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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