Re: [OVC-discuss] Online voting coming to Washington DC in Sept

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Tue Jun 22 2010 - 21:17:37 CDT

Do we know who any of these people are? I don't. To me, this lineup
looks implausible, though I would be happy to be proven wrong.

o John Sebes, co-Executive Director
o Greg Miller, co-Executive Director
o Pito Salas, Lead Developer

o Peter Harter, Esq. is VP Public Affairs at Intellectual Ventures
Dr. Michael Henry is a veteran Silicon Valley executive currently
managing the Frost Foundation and other ventures.

o Fran Maier is the Executive Director and President of TRUSTe, the
leading brand in online privacy.

o Gregory Miller, Esq. is Co-Executive Director of the Foundation.
His varied career over the past 28 years in the information technology
sector has been as technologist, lawyer, entrepreneur, executive,
venture adviser, and technology public policy contributor including
key roles at Inherent.Com, Netscape Communications, Medicalogic and

o Stacey Paynter brings over 25 years of experience to her work in
marketing strategy, communications planning, and brand management.
Previously CEO of Publicis Dialog

o Dr. Edgard Quiroz is a veteran international technology and heavy
equipment manufacturing industry executive, and an Orange county based
venture capitalist and commercial real estate developer.

o John Sebes is Co-Executive Director and Chief Technology Officer of
the Foundation. He has worked in information technology business for
over 25 years, as a software developer, program manager, Silicon
Valley entrepreneur, and information security consultant including key
roles at Trusted Information Systems, NAI Labs, Securify, and Solid

Do we want to create a threat analysis for this promised Open Source
voting system using encrypted PDFs? Can we get some white-hat hackers
interested? I hope the encryption isn't as bad as DRM security.

I suggested an online voting system using OVC software and remote
printing, both at secure locations, last year, but the discussion went
nowhere. There are several approaches to safe encryption of remote
printing data streams or documents.

On Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 18:56, <> wrote:
> This means that CO, GA, DC, WV, and AZ will be doing pilot projects
> this fall, and the list keeps on growing.
> Jim
> ========
> Details about the Pilot Program
> Public Preview of the service during the month of August.
> The DC BOEE will encourage technical experts to stress test the pilot
> solution, in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of the privacy and
> security mechanisms and processes.
> The pilot program for the September primary election will include digitally
> transporting ballots for up to 2,500 citizens and service men and women
> stationed overseas.
> =========
> D.C. launches test of open-source online voting
> Washington, D.C., will let overseas voters cast ballots online using
> open-source, standards-based software, not the closed, proprietary
> mechanisms that have dominated electronic voting throughout its troubled
> history in the United States.
> Open Source Digital Voting Foundation, a Palo Alto, Calif., developer of
> election software is providing the District's new system. Company
> representatives explained in a conference call with the D.C. Board of
> Elections and Ethics how this absentee-voting option will work.
> Starting with September's primary election, D.C. citizens serving overseas
> in the military and others posted far out of town won't have to choose
> between voting secretly but slowly by mailing in a paper ballot or voting
> quickly, but with no guarantee of secrecy, by submitting a ballot by fax or
> e-mail.
> (Voters living in the District will continue to use closed-source,
> proprietary hardware, although the next batch of machines [PDF] will
> generate a paper record, visible to the voter, confirming that that the
> machine registered the ballot accurately.)
> Instead, after applying to vote online--using the same kinds of forms
> required to obtain an absentee ballot today--overseas voters will receive a
> one-time personal identification number. They'll use the PIN to log on to an
> encrypted site hosted by the District, on which they will fill out a PDF
> form and submit that under two forms of encryption--one to confirm the
> integrity of the ballot, a second to attest that it was completed by the
> holder of the PIN.
> Voters will be able to check online to see that their ballot (or, for the
> first time this year, their mailed-in form) was received. The Board of
> Elections and Ethics will confirm receipt of the ballot and then discard the
> identifying information attached to the ballot itself.
> Rokey W. Suleman,, executive director of the board, called the process
> "completely auditable, completely transparent."
> That's a sweeping claim to make. But with an open-source system--in which
> anybody can inspect the program's instructions, as in such widely used
> programs as the Firefox Web browser--we won't have to take his word for it
> once OSDV posts that source code on its site this summer.
> This is an overdue step for electronic voting. It may also be the only hope
> left for electronic voting, considering the woeful history of closed,
> proprietary systems that on good days merely confuse voters with badly
> designed interfaces and on bad days lose votes for mysterious reasons (as
> happened in the District in the 2008 primary).
> But first, other jurisdictions will have to show some interest in
> open-source voting. Anybody want to make a prediction on that?
> By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 22, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
> Categories:  Digital culture , Policy and politics
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