Re: MORE Questions from election officials

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Mon May 03 2004 - 22:24:01 CDT

On May 3, 2004, at 8:54 PM, David Jefferson wrote:

> I do know Mike Shamos very well. We have been close friends in fact
> for 30 years--still are. He is a brilliant computer scientist and
> intellectual property attorney, and I like him a lot. He was a voting
> system certifier for over a decade for Pennsylvania and Texas. He was
> also a major figure in Ronnie Dugger's 1988 New Yorker article on
> voting system security, and was on the side of the angels then.
>
> With all of that said, I am completely at a loss to explain his recent
> opinions and writings on voting systems. He seems to have a
> contrariness streak that is just off the wall. He is doing a lot of
> harm to the voting system security and openness cause. Anything you
> can do to discredit his completely untenable ideas would be a major
> contribution.

I don't know him personally at all, but I second everything said here.
He is brilliant, he did incredibly valuable work on voting system
(in)security back in the 1980's and early 1990's, and his change
of heart is quite troublesome. In a way, Shamos was, a decade ago,
in the position I am now, since that's when he served his term
as a voting system certifier (I'm still in that job, after just
over a decade). David is the third computer scientist I know of
to serve in such a role, but he's a newcomer.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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