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

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Wed Oct 28 2009 - 13:00:48 CDT

At this point, I see Kim Zetter as basically the publicist for EFF,
VerifiedVoting, ACCURATE and the gang. Her headline for the first article was
not just misleading, it was deceptive. Let's take another look at that:

"Nation’s First Open Source Election Software Released"

1. It's not the first.
2. It wasn't released. Only some of it.
3. She didn't ask the right questions, such as the questions about what license
will be used, what hardware will be used, etc. She has plenty of access to the
expertise to know what the questions should be.

> Zetter's article was about OSDV's as-yet incomplete open
> source software. As I understand it, it is a real open source
> development process, and will have an open source license (although I
> don't know the details of the license, and I doubt they have all been
> worked out).

Then it should be accurately headlined, and referred to as a plan or as a
development process, and fair & balanced coverage should also discuss the Open
Voting Consortium project, and even mention that the OVC has a working demo
that was shown at LinuxWorld.

> Sequoia has explicitly renounced security by
> obscurity.

Oh c'mon David. You know better than this. Their disclosed code will run on
their proprietary hardware.

> It is not everything, but it is
> something.

Well, it's digging a little diversion ditch to lead everyone away from public
right to know AND UNDERSTAND all essential steps of the election, without
breaks in transparency, and pretending that disclosing source code that may or
may not even be running on individual machines, which are proprietary, gets us
closer in any meaningful way.

What Germany did is meaningful. What this is is another hamster wheel. You know,
some kinds of hamster wheels actually cause the little critters to die off
before they can stop running.

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

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