Re: Larger issues in the OVC project

From: Edward Cherlin <cherlin_at_pacbell_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jun 24 2004 - 17:44:00 CDT

On Tuesday 15 June 2004 01:51 pm, Alan Dechert wrote:
> 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.

There is a lot of it about. I recently heard of a DARPA-funded
project to clone MS Outlook in Open Source. The military is
gradually learning to like Open Source, sometimes by roundabout
routes. The medical informatics system used by the Veterans
Administration and all Defense Department hospitals has been
liberated into Open Source by a FOIA request, and is turning
into a major global enterprise with installations in several
national health systems in Africa.

> 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.

Don't forget Rep. Dennis Kucinich and CA Assembly Member
Goldberg.

> 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

A significant number of other governments are making strong
commitments to Open Source, among them China, Korea, Japan,
Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar (astonishing!), Rwanda,
South Africa, and Mongolia.

-- 
Edward Cherlin
Generalist & activist--Linux, languages, literacy and more
"A knot! Oh, do let me help to undo it!"
--Alice in Wonderland
http://cherlin.blogspot.com
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