Re: [OVC-discuss] draft of text for new OVC-sponsored bill

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Wed Jan 28 2009 - 20:04:57 CST

Thanks, Brian, for your vote of confidence and for all the work you have
done, and are doing, for OVC.

My preference is that, somehow, Secretary Bowen will start to work with the
open source community to get this done. We'll need to see some evidence of
that pretty soon. The Feb 20th meeting with LA would be a good opportunity
to see if there is any willingness.

If, in the next few weeks, there is no movement in her office on this issue,
and a good number of people want me to run, then let's form an exploratory
committee and see what we can do.

Alan

>
> Critical review is a good and necessary process for the building of any
> robust system. In order to provide a proper critique, it is necessary to
> understand the system that is under review. Alan's push today is to
> evaluate the existing ideas, and, in specific, the OVC system in the
> context of real-world scenarios.
>
> Seeing this, I ask myself, "How can I help?"
>
> As a long time supporter of open source (1984 marks my entrance into the
> free software arena), I have pledged my ongoing support for this effort,
> and have already allocated some resources to the creation of parts of the
> OVC system. During the course of building and testing these components
> in an actual election, I spoke with Alan at length about some of the
> decision that had been made in and around the design of the OVC system.
> Although Alan had heard these questions and comments before, he was able
> to listen with an open mind to the possibility that he might have missed
> something, or that there may be improvements that could be made to the
> system. I find this attitude to be highly commendable.
>
> Finally, my view of Alan Dechert is that of a man with high integrity,
> who maintains intense focus on the tasks at hand. He is not easily led
> astray or distracted by the small stuff, and most of the things he runs
> into automatically get pushed into that category. However, he has the
> ability to see the difference in those borderline cases, the creativity
> to architect a solution, and the discipline to follow through on the
> implementation of that solution.
>
> I believe that Alan would make a fine SoS, and that his tenure in that
> position would see a large amount of forward movement in many areas,
> including voting system reform.
>
> Alan, would you consider such a position?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Brian
>
>
> On Jan 28, 2009, at 1:33 PM, Ronald Crane wrote:
>
>> Alan Dechert wrote:
>>> From: "Ronald Crane" <voting@lastland.net>
>>>> Alan Dechert wrote:
>>>>> From: Ronald Crane
>>>>>
>>>>>> OVC's focus on ballot printers for all voters oversells their
>>>>>> benefits and understates their security risks, especially
>>>>>> versus hand-filled, machine-tabulated paper ballot systems.
>>>>>>
>>>>> This is pure opinion. You have absolutely no data with which to back
>>>>> this up.
>>>> I have identified a variety of attack forms (presentation, selection,
>>>> DoS, etc.) and vectors (e.g., attack the voting application
>>>> website/CDs/hashes/trust tree, instrument various kinds of firmware,
>>>> use network vulnerabilities) in this and other recent threads on this
>>>> list.
>>> Nothing whatsoever specific to the OVC system and procedures.
>> It hardly matters whether the attacks apply only to OVC's ballot
>> printer, or also to the larger class of computational ballot
>> presentation/selection/recording devices of which OVC's ballot printer
>> is a member; they're still attacks that can be used against OVC's ballot
>> printer.
>>> I don't think you even bothered to come to the LinuxWorld demo. Maybe
>>> you could have demonstrated your hacks there. I don't think you would
>>> have been successful.
>> Many have criticized existing vendors for asserting that attacks that
>> have been discovered through analysis (but that have not been
>> demonstrated) don't exist or can't work. Please adopt a more open
>> attitude toward critical review; it will only make your products better.
>>
>> -R
>>
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>
> Thanks,
>
> Brian
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