Seeking a little intel on the Microsoft wars

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Wed Jan 02 2008 - 19:54:00 CST

Can't spend much time on this, but an interesting wrinkle has appeared in a
recent widely distributed disinformation piece.

The piece has been very widely distributed and discussed -- Black Box Voting,
along with some of our volunteers, has debunked it. Bear with me, this touches
on open source issues.

The story is titled something like "Israeli defense firm counting Iowa caucus
votes" and it has achieved a wider than normal distribution. It begins with a
premise -- and a concern -- that is correct. The Iowa caucuses, both parties,
will use a cell phone-initiated central tabulator for results. This ties in
with recent articles by Black Box Voting. Lo and behold, after we publish our
concerns, out comes an article purporting to know that the company handling the
cell phone tabulation system is -- they say -- VOXEO and -- they say -- this is
actually Elron, an Israeli defense firm. Followed by exclamation points and
gesticulating all around.

We looked for expenditures, finally found a partial listing, confirmed a payment
of a grand total of $500 in 2004 by the Iowa Democratic Party to VOXEO. We
looked into corporate documents -- debunked the story. VOXEO is not Elron, and
the "connection" is not sufficient to write about.

But as I was looking into the VOXEO documents, I did see that it seems to be a
company that's into open source. VOXEO is of course demonized as an Israeli
subterfuge of some sort in the widely circulated article. Looking further, I
see that one of VOXEO's founders is a fellow named Gary Reback.

Who is Gary Reback? Well, he's a guy that was leading the anti-Microsoft fight,
from what I gather. And, he's a guy that was fighting a bunch of other tech
wars.

So here's my question: VOXEO is pretty easy to google up. Is it an open source
thorn in someone's side?

Other names involved with the company are J. Clegg Ivey, who I gather is some
sort of attorney, and Jonathan R. Taylor, this last person being breathlessly
cited as the link to Israeli defense systems.

This is probably a total waste of time for everyone. But if anyone is of a mind
to do so, I would be interested in your take on VOXEO, from the standpoint of
whether it is an annoyance to a company like Microsoft.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting
http://www.blackboxvoting.org

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