ITAA, selker back in news.

From: Charlie Strauss <cems_at_earthlink_dot_net>
Date: Thu Jun 23 2005 - 08:38:43 CDT

There were two interesting articles recently that show how the
industry is trying to strike back against the VVPAT movement.

One is a article coauthored by Ellen Thiesen which points out that
NASED is bending it's own policies to rapidly shoehorn in vendors to
the 1990 testing standards rather than the 2002 standards. The
purpose of this presumably is to allow them to say they are certified
in time to get sales for the HAVA deadlines.

This is in line with the industry lobby group ITAA which recently
appears to be sending out lots of press releases and planting
stories encouraging election officials to feel that they need not
wait for new NIST standards and that the old ones are good enough.

Here is an example of a news story that is painfully obviously
written off an ITAA press release even though it never mentions
them. I really got a good laugh out of the second paragraph's use of
the pejorative "just" :
"Currently paper trails are mandatory in just 22 of the 50 US states,
but a bill now being reviewed by the Senate would force the entire
nation to adopt them."

Ellen's article

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=763

A prominently placed puff piece:

http://www.newscientist.com/article.ns?id=dn7562

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