Re: Wired: Kim Zetter: In Industry First, Voting Machine Company to Publish Source Code

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Tue Oct 27 2009 - 21:35:10 CDT

Zetter certainly has access to enough technical expertise that she can ask the
right questions, though many of us have noticed that she did not do that. So
why are we jumping on the bandwagon?

1. Sequoia systems hardware uses some non-open source stuff

2. This sounds more like DISCLOSED SOURCE, a horse of a different color) is not
contained in the announcement.

3. Are we sure that the combination of this and the new OSDVF stuff is not just
a way to slide in a "solution" to keep current vendors solvent?

4. What kind of license is this "open source"? It's all about the license. If
you don't know what form of open source license is going to be used, you've got
bupkus.

5. If I own the hardware, I own the true functionality of the open source
software. Sequoia owns the hardware.

Again, why are people getting excited about this? Those of us who have been
doing this work for awhile should step up to the plate on public education
about the devil in the details, instead of just parroting the company line.

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting
http://www.blackboxvoting.org

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