Re: Representative Holt's OWN WORDS [Re: OVC-discussDigest, Vol 36, Issue 9]

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Fri Nov 02 2007 - 14:30:48 CDT

David Jefferson wrote,

> ... None of us wants to sign NDAs, and all of us want
> the technology to be open. You apparently have no
> idea what actually happens. ...
>
I think there are two distinct types of efforts favoring transparency at
work. One has to do with the "behind the scenes," battles you describe, and
the other has to do with more public battles. It's a different community of
people in these two battlegrounds and the two don't necessarily know or pay
attention to what the other is doing.

There is some crossover, of course, but it's not surprising that you would
see Nancy as unaware of "what actually happens...." (you really mean what
actually happens in your arena ... the real universe is larger, of course).
I know about the Shamos comment in the Secretary McPherson's report on open
source for elections, and I know the role you played in that. Who else
knows how that statement got in there?

The public battles have to do with promoting PUBLIC POLICY to encourage or
compel vendors to go for public disclosure -- or even to open source. ACR
242 was certainly a big success for OVC. Other examples of working toward
these public policies include AB 2097, AB 852, and the fee examination
waiver we are promoting in NY ... in addition to numerous other resolutions
we have promoted and/or passed in the political arena. Also, by obtainly
public statements by public officials favoring we are helping to push public
policy in the direction of election system transparency, Examples include
presidential candidates Edwards and Kucinich, members of Congress like Anna
Eshoo, and various other politicians at all levels of government -- notably
including our own Secretary of State, Debra Bowen.

When you say all the experts want the technology to be open, I have to say
that people in the public policy arena don't really know that.

Here's an idea: How about we draft something that says all the experts want
the technology to be open and get all the experts to sign it so those of us
in the public policy arena can use that. For example, right now (as in
TODAY), we want people to weigh in on the side of an examination fee waiver
for open source in NY. If we had such a statement, we could attach it to a
comment sent to the NYS Board of Elections.

http://www.elections.state.ny.us/portal/page?_pageid=35,1,35_26319:35_26327&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL#HAVAPC

Can you help with that, David?

Alan D.

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