RE: Draft 2 -- letter to EAC commissioners

From: Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) <"Popkin,>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 10:11:35 CDT

I like this!

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Subject: RE: [voting-project] Draft 2 -- letter to EAC commissioners

At 9:22 PM -0400 5/10/04, Popkin, Laird (WMG Corp) wrote:
>As you *explore open source voting*, it is important to *keep in
>mind* that Open Source does
>not simply mean letting people look at the source code. To achieve the
>greatest public benefit, engineers must be able to test the code,
>make *public contributions
>to the source code*, and publish their findings for public discussion.

I completely disagree that open source has to mean that the public
may make contributions to the source code. This concept may well be
portrayed as frightening, as allowing backdoors to be surreptitiously
inserted. Instead, we could say "inspect and test the code, publicly
report bugs and track fixes for them, and publish....

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
tel +1(650)424-0202, fax +1(650)424-0424
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