Election Center Recommends Break on Certification Costs for "Revealed Software"

From: Alan Dechert <dechert_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Oct 23 2007 - 20:15:16 CDT

I think we can consider this a sign of some progress. OVC has been
promoting the idea that vendors offering open source systems should get a
break on certification costs. This idea appeared in AB 852 as originally
introduced in the California State Legislature, and we are promoting this
concept with the NY State Board of Elections.

Now, the Election Center has made a similar recommendation to Congress.

See page 9 of their paper. There is a comment regarding page 28, line 17 of
HR 811 that says, "Consider federal subsidy of testing fees in some
situations to ensure that innovation from existing vendors and new
vendors-including those advancing revealed software...."

They avoid the "open source" definition issue by saying "revealed software."
We definitely think this subsidy is justified for true "open source" (free)
software. I'm not so sure about software that is merely disclosed but still

However, an incentive for disclosure is not bad either. Maybe half-off for
half-way to open source.

I don't know many "new vendors" that are "advancing revealed software."

Alan D.

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