[E-voting] [colm@stdlib.net: [letter to the editor] ICTE andE-voting]

Casey, Dermot (GE Consumer Finance) Dermot.Casey at ge.com
Mon Mar 8 10:54:33 GMT 2004


very well phrased and written


>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net
>>[mailto:e-voting-bounces at lists.stdlib.net]On Behalf Of Colm 
>>Sent: 08 March 2004 10:40
>>To: e-voting at lists.stdlib.net
>>Subject: [E-voting] [colm at stdlib.net: [letter to the editor] ICTE
>>Here's my response anyway
>>----- Forwarded message from Colm MacCarthaigh <colm at stdlib.net> -----
>>From: Colm MacCarthaigh <colm at stdlib.net>
>>Reply-To: colm at stdlib.net
>>Date: Mon, 8 Mar 2004 10:38:45 +0000
>>To: independent.letters at unison.independent.ie
>>Subject: [letter to the editor] ICTE and E-voting
>>				  			Colm 
>>				  Irish Citizens for 
>>Trustworthy E-voting
>>[address sanitized]
>>						  Phone:	[number]
>>	In response to the letter of Mr. Derek Mooney regarding Irish
>>Citizens for Trustworthy E-voting (ICTE), I would like to answer Mr. 
>>Mooney's questions regarding our group. Firstly, ICTE is a 
>>group of over one hundred independent citizens, technical and legal 
>>experts. Mr. Mooney is fully welcome to join and partipate in our 
>>discussions. Anyone may do so by joining our open e-mail list 
>>	http://evoting.cs.may.ie/discussion.shtml
>>I take issue with the statement that ICTE are misrepresenting 
>>the truth,
>>ICTE's position has always been that Electronic Voting is 
>>unsafe and unverifiable without a paper record of our votes; 
>>verified by
>>us as voters. This position is endorsed by the Irish Computer Society
>>(the professional body for Irish Computer Professionals), the
>>Association for Computing Machinery and, at the last count, over 200
>>Irish Computer Science Academics. I can assure Mr. Mooney that we are
>>not luddites, but that we are experienced computer professionals fully
>>aware of the risks inherent in any computer-based system.
>>Mr. Mooney claims that our calls for a paper record would lead to the
>>"old" problems of human error and random surplus tranfers - 
>>perhaps Mr.
>>Mooney is not aware that the Electronic Voting system to be 
>>used in June
>>will use randomised surplus distribution and, like any excercise of
>>computer programming, is critically prone to human error. 
>>it is our belief that the system has not been tested adequately - for
>>example, there have been no end-to-end tests involving all 
>>components to
>>be used in the summer.
>>While we genuinely regret our concerns coming to notice so late in the
>>day, members of ICTE have been highlighting the concerns surrounding
>>E-voting for over 3 years. We have had questions asked of the 
>>in the Houses of the Oireachtas, theses researched and written and
>>related issues raised with our elected representatives. 
>>As responsible I.T. professionals, it is difficult for us to 
>>criticise a
>>technical system about which there is little information available. It
>>should be noted that, to date, over 18 months and Euro 1300 has been
>>spent on Freedom of Information requests and appeals to the 
>>Commissioner in efforts to obtain the information neccessary 
>>to analyse
>>the system. 
>>ICTE would fully welcome transparency and democratic 
>>accountability, and 
>>we invite Mr. Mooney and your readership to ask the simple question;
>>How will I be sure that my vote has been recorded accurately? 
>>Electronic Voting affords us no opportunity to verify that for
>>ourselves; is this transparent and democratically accountable?
>>				Colm MacCárthaigh
>>				Irish Citizens for Trustworthy E-voting
>>Colm MacCárthaigh                        Public Key: 
>>colm+pgp at stdlib.net
>>----- End forwarded message -----
>>Colm MacCárthaigh                        Public Key: 
>>colm+pgp at stdlib.net
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