Larger issues in the OVC project

From: Alan Dechert <alan_at_openvotingconsortium_dot_org>
Date: Tue Jun 15 2004 - 15:51:19 CDT

In case it hasn't occurred to you yet, the OVC project has implications
beyond delivering an open, secure and auditable voting system. The NYT
article recently made the connection to the larger issue of openness in
government. We also know that a successful open voting software development
project could boost open source applications in other areas--especially
other government applications.

Linda Hamel of MA was at the Harvard symposium attended by OVC founding
members David Mertz and Eron Lloyd. She is working on getting open source
applications ("shared source") use in government. I spoke with her today on
the phone and I think we have a strong ally there. She reports that the MA
Governor is strongly in favor of open source. We have a U Mass team forming
so I think there is a good chance of getting a proposal accepted there
fairly soon.

Here are a couple of relevant pages:

http://www.mass.gov/itd/legal/opensourcebriefintro.htm

http://www.mass.gov/itd/legal/Opensourcepowerpointreview.ppt

Alan D
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