Re: FAQ #1

From: Edward Cherlin <edward_dot_cherlin_at_etssg_dot_com>
Date: Wed Dec 10 2003 - 10:01:45 CST

On Tuesday 02 December 2003 07:29 pm, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp)
> The first FAQ question is:
> "I notice that you have participants from Europe, India, etc.
> Why would anyone outside the U.S. be so interested in helping
> to improve the voting system in the United States of America?"
> Thoughts?
> - Laird Popkin

This is the philosophy of Free Software. They help us, and in
turn, they and the rest of the world get to use the resulting

The Simputer movement has a direct interest in this project for
India to begin with, and about 200 other countries to continue.
We will offer our computer board and software for embedded
systems generally and voting machines in particular.

India has the interesting requirement of 18 official languages
written in 10 different alphabets, plus large-scale use of Urdu
written in Arabic letters, and more than 800 languages overall.
In addition, ballots contain candidate photos and party icons so
that the illiterate can vote secretly.

Anyway, is there supposed to be something wrong with altruism? Do
we not trust these furriners with Our Precious--voting system?

Edward Cherlin, Simputer Evangelist
Encore Technologies (S) Pte. Ltd.
Computers for all of us,
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