From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Wed Dec 13 2006 - 20:49:35 CST

Since Ben thinks I'm a clueless anti-VoteHere moron and there's lots
of questions about VoteHere and end-to-end encryption I'd like to
direct your attention to this thread from OVC discussion from 2003.

In it you will find one of the earliest discussion we had when
VoteHere made it's first splash on the scene. What I say there is
still approximately correct but not perfectly so. The VoteHERE
system itself, or at least how it is described in public documents,
has evolved beyond this summary. Now they cast it using jargon like
"MarkPledge" rather than the way I described it, and there's now a
"challenge" system to prevent some attacks. I'd say the new system
does plug some holes that we perceived and discussed on OVC in 2003.
On the other hand we are now more savvy about holes to look for and
I'm not yet conviced it s either problem free or sufficiently
transparent. Indeed the new system seems less transparent, worse
usability, and prone to vote selling (with the use of a cell phone
camera one could sell one's vote by snapping a photo of the on-screen
correspondence table.)

VoteHere does not really help themselves make a convincing case since
they still cant' get across the basics in a page of text. If you
look at the documentation today the same rather flippant summary I
offered in 2003 is even truer to day: "Any time anyone starts telling
you about exponential encryption before they can explain what it
does, hang onto your wallet"

Ben you really need an approachable but unpolemic detailed summary of
the process if you want people to embrace it.

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