Re: Open Voting Accouncements Message

From: David Webber \(XML\) <"David>
Date: Sat Jul 16 2005 - 19:57:07 CDT

Alan,

I'm not sure getting vendors to publish source code does much at all, beyond
token PR.

You have know idea if the executable was actually created from that source
code, nor if the source code makes function calls to system routines that
themselves change or modify either voting behaviour or executable code
itself.

Anyway - I'm not saying the artifacts from testing and certification are not
good - that is definately worthwhile.

I'd like at some point to press for use of public open source components,
but this is catch22 - first of all we need a robust set of such to point to
for implementers to use.

Next year... ; -)

Cheers, DW

----- Original Message -----
From: "Open Voting Accouncements" <alan@openvotingconsortium.org>
To: <david@drrw.info>
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 1:33 PM
Subject: Open Voting Accouncements Message

> ***** begin proposed expanded language for bill
> Before a voting system is used in an election, all test plans, all
automated and manual scripts, test results, and all information needed to
reproduce these test results, documentation, bug tracking database, and
other records used to plan, execute, and record the results of the testing
and verification, including all material prepared or used by voting system
testing laboratories or independent testing authorities or other third
parties, shall be made part of the public record and shall be freely
available via the Internet and paper copy to anyone.
> ****** end
>
> [below is for reference -- what I sent around last week]
> See HB1968
> http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/94/HB/09400HB1968enr.htm
>
> The bill is still awaiting the Governor's signature, but everyone expects
> that he will sign it soon. The relevant section is on page 186, lines 19
> through 25, and it reads as follows:
>
> 19 All test plans, test results,
> 20 documentation, and other records used to plan, execute, and
> 21 record the results of the testing and verification, including
> 22 all material prepared or used by independent testing
> 23 authorities or other third parties, shall be made part of the
> 24 public record and shall be freely available via the Internet
> 25 and paper copy to anyone.
>
> If the details of test results become public, it will lead to making the
> code public.
>

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