Re: A brief introduction and some questions. Follow up.

From: Arthur Keller <arthur_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 17:40:38 CDT

At 3:04 PM -0700 5/3/04, Alan Dechert wrote:
>> We can try to educate, but it shouldn't be on the critical path.
>How do you expect to get our system certified when it's a model
>fundamentally different from what they've certified in the past? Their
>procedures and rules have to be expanded. There is nothing unusual about
>this either. New voting technology comes along all the time and the
>creators of that technology have to deal with the people approving it.

Incrementally tinkering with the current rules that make them apply
to our system makes sense. Wholesale changes right off the bat

> > We can choose not to play by the current rules, but that will not
>> give the politicians in the Secretaries of States offices political
>> cover to adopt us. .....
>You characterization is just plain wrong. It's not a matter of playing by
>the rules. It's a process by which we get them to accommodate a new
>technology. This is done all the time.

Call me a realist if you will. I pick and choose my battles and not
try to change the world at once. On the other hand, I've succeeded
in getting changes made at various levels by working within the
system. No need to attac the system straight on where it isn't

For example, I think that getting "generic COTS PC-hardware"
certified is probably a non-starter right now. Picking a particular
hardware configuration to get to certification and beyond is a
realistic solution, and then we can backfill by asking for generic
hardware to be approved. To the extent that current certification is
by black-box testing, we'll have to undergo the same and more.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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