Re: OVC on HR 811

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Sat Jul 14 2007 - 17:13:06 CDT


> It would seem that 2) goes against what resolve to
> do as a group. ...
Most of our efforts with legislators are at the state and local level. For
example, AB 852 is still alive, and, at the local level, San Francisco has
passed a policy statement favoring open source. These initiatives would not
be affected by HR 811. We have work to do following through with these.

In a way, HR 811 could help state and local open voting initiatives. If
people were hoping to see the federal govenment require transparent
technology, well, we have their answer. They're in bed with industry.

Moreover, our main obstacle is getting an open source system certified for
use. HR 811 doesn't help or hurt in this regard. We would like to have
laws that favor open voting, but, to my knowledge, there is no real legal
barrier to getting an open source system certified and in use.

> Why do we not decide to oppose this, or at least work
> with the legislators to clean up 2)?
I've spent a lot of time on HR 811. At this point, I'm not sure I want to
spend any more time on it. Do you?

Alan D.

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