Re: Follow up on Open Source hearing

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Feb 09 2006 - 20:16:23 CST

Joe, you need to clean up your act just a bit:

     "We also stressed that there are many open
     questions with open source and disclosed source
     in the voting systems area and any sudden
     unilateral moves to mandate disclosed source
     code or open source licenses would be ill-advised."

You should have said "I" instead of "we." You said that. Deirdre said
nothing of the sort -- nor did Peter.

Bowen immediately and unequivocally (and rightly, imo) rejected your
position. She said that limited disclosure to experts was a "non-starter"
for her. You came back sounding like a vendor or vendor shill saying,
something like "it may be a non-starter for you but it's going to be a
non-starter for vendors."

So what? If Bowen is elected, they'll play her way or the hi-way. She
*WILL BE* elected and open voting *WILL BE* implemented. Period.

I'm glad you were there and I'm glad you said that in order to give her a
chance to clarify her (and OVC's) position.

The irony here is a bit much, Joe. Last year we were issuing a Shamos
rebuttal and Joe seemed to be on our side. This year, we're quoting Shamos
and rebutting Joe Hall.

In my testimony, I quoted Shamos from SoS McPherson's report: "all voting
system software should be disclosed to the public."

The point about transparency being more than open source is trivial. Bowen
understands that perfectly well and so do all opinion leaders in this area.
Kim made the point that some people claim open source is all it takes. That
may be true but it's irrelevant. OVC doesn't make that claim nor does


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