Saturday, September 18, 2004
The latest edition of Scientific American has an excellent article.
Also - the resource site here is very instructive:
This is roughly in alignment with my own ideas for breaking the empasse that currently exists - and this is just a microcosm of what ails the software industry generally.
I have been trying to get peoples attention to the notion of using open-source voting software as the means to drive transparency in e-Voting processes.
My thoughts are that having an open e-Voting software code-based that is community developed and maintained achieves several things.
- produces an open public specification for the software process, the hardware interfaces, and the results auditing and authentication steps that can be independently verified.
- prevents reliance on proprietary vendor software - and therefore allows a wide range of hardware vendors to deliver solutions that are capatible - thus removing reliance on single supplier.
- ensures that software being used has underwent an open validation process.
- allows verification of the software used to obtain and compile the results using open testing procedures
- allows use of a double-blind check - where output from one set of hardware being used by the voter - is feed into two independant solutions - and then both must tally at close of voting.
- verification that the actual software used is the same as the open standard, (ensure what is loaded onto the machine at open of polling - and verify it is still there during and after).
I have not seen any discussion of this approach - and I do believe we need to move to open solutions and processes for this.
There are several good national standards bodies that could collaborate to jointly develop such a software specification and solution.
Clearly more debate and research on this is all excellent.