Re: First draft of Stepping Stones -- Markamaticproposal. Please read and comment. Details are very negotiablebut the concept is not!

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon Dec 13 2004 - 00:22:37 CST

On Dec 12, 2004, at 9:57 PM, Ed Kennedy wrote:

> Hello Doug:
>
> OK, that's a model worth examining furthur. So, what weak links in
> the various product lines have you observed?

There are huge legacy problems with the election management systems of
some of the big 3, where they use Microsoft Access database formats,
for example, to do jobs that Access was never intended to solve.

VVPT add-ons for DREs are another possibility. What we need, more than
anything, to support these, are standard protocols for the data flow
from
DRE to VVPT-add-on.

Standard solutions to security problems are another item. I don't care
what kind of DRE or VVPT or mark-sense system you have, you need to
load it with election programming in a secure way. You need to get data
from it to the election management system in a secure way. Modules
that do these things could be very valuable to vendors who are at a
complete loss when it comes to how to solve security problems.

> Also, by industrial partners, are you referring to the 'Big 3'
> voting equipment makers?

I mean them.

> I can see that adopting the model you have suggested (if I understand
> what you're saying) would be quite a change for the OVC. I understand
> OVC to want to have its own line of equipment.

Some within the OVC have long advocated building "the" OVC system,
a system that would compete with established vendors.

Others have always seen the OVC as a framework for developing
components that would be used by established vendors in much the
same way that Linux is used by HP, IBM, SGI and many others. In
this model, OVC would never be a vendor, just like OSF is not a
vendor. Instead, HP, IBM, etc end up "selling" OSF software.
Actually, the software is free, what they sell is support, and
customers pay well for that. In addition, they contribute quite
a bit to the development of these products.

The truth is, incorporation as an industrial consortium, as we
did from the start, was always designed to encourage something
like the latter.

I have never been a partisan of the OVC's EVM2003 project, and
I've had essentially nothing to do with it.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu

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