Re: Open e-voting standard characteristics

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Feb 28 2007 - 12:47:15 CST

I don't think anyone responded so far to this ...

I want to add a couple of things.

Rather than "permit" open source implementations, I would like something a
bit stronger. At least, let's "encourage" open source implementations.

Another things we should state here -- perhaps as a corollary, but it needs
to be said.

We need actions that remove financial, legal, and regulatory barriers to
open source implementations of this open e-voting standard.

Alan D.

> This is from John Borras, Chair OASIS E&VS TC
> M. +44 (0)7976 157745
> An open [1] public e-voting standard must:
> - Have open public license terms that are free for use and that permit
> open source implementations
> - Be publicly available, documented and accessible via the internet
> - Ideally be a de jure [2] standard
> - Have a controlling body that should be open with available public
> membership, with open public processes, archives and access to the
> specifications development process
> - Be controlled by an open approval process that has a well-defined,
> inclusive process, with public comments and input for evolution of the
> standard
> - Have approval of the standard that is subject to review and voting
> across the membership of the defining standard organization
> - Support the provisions enshrined in a Voter's Bill of Rights or other
> similar legislation
> - Be broadly implementable by available e-Voting systems and not be
> designed to be restricted to only a few providers' solutions
> - Be adaptable by design so that localization and extensions are
> permitted, supported and anticipated
> - Produce consistent results that can be independently verified by anyone
> familiar with the standard and specification details
> - Be auditable for conformance, compatibility and support the development
> of verification testing tools
> - Support interoperability amongst vendors' implementations so that parts
> of the e-voting process can be separately and independently developed and
> then interact successfully
> Using such an open standard will help, along with associated traditional
> administrative and manual election processes, secure a result that is
> trustworthy, verifiable and affordable.
> _____________________________________________
> [1] Open = Approved under an open process where all interested parties
> have input, results are publicly viewable, etc. The organization who
> developed the standard may be de jure or not.
> [2] De Jure = Force of law; approved by one of the four recognized
> international standards organizations (ISO, IEC, ITU, UN/ECE)

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