Re: HR 811 (The Holt Bill) and The Commission: Alieninvaders in our democracy

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Jun 25 2007 - 14:26:37 CDT

Joe,
>
> To give a little context, I'm a big fan of this piece penned
> by Matt Zimmerman of the EFF...
>
I am not a fan. We all realize that HR 811 would not mandate secret
software. However, it legitimizes the concept and carries the yellow pall
MSFT corruption. The NDA language was dictated by MSFT with a not-so-subtle
strings of MSFT money attached to action/in-action. It used to be, "what's
good for General Motors is good for America." The "What's good for MSFT is
good for America" canard is no better and perhaps worse. IMHO, the correct
response to HR 811 should be for the Justice Dept to re-start anti-trust
actions against MSFT and break up what has become a thoroughly corrupt
organization.

The principles of self governance require that election technology be open
to public scrutiny. We already have "disclosure" to a limited population of
people with a defined "need-to-know." We aren't interested in that type of
"disclosure."

"NDA" is not a legitimate notion in the context of voting system technology.

Alan D.

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