[E-voting] Our friend Derek Mooney

Ryan Meade ryan at meade.net
Thu Mar 11 15:53:20 GMT 2004

Can I suggest re-phrasing the first paragraph to try and put the editor
under an obligation to print it, e.g.

"In his letter of March 8th, Derek Mooney makes a number of unfounded
statements about Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE).  I trust you
will allow me, as spokesperson for the group, to respond to these statements
and to answer the questions put by Mr Mooney."

Or something like that.


On 11/03/2004 15:24, "Margaret McGaley" <Margaret.McGaley at redbrick.dcu.ie>

> On Thu, Mar 11, 2004 at 02:10:33PM +0000, Margaret McGaley wrote:
>> I want to see a response from ICTE in each of the papers in
>> which his letter was printed. I'm going to draft one now.
> ***
>                                                Margaret McGaley
>                          Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting
>                                                 7 Rochford Walk
>                                                         Kilcock
>                                                     Co. Kildare
>                                                     087 7554023
> Sir,
> I am writing in response to Mr Derek Mooney's letter of March 8th. I am the
> spokesperson for Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE), the group
> which
> Mr Mooney claims are "seeking to thwart the legitimate decisions of an elected
> Government" by "misrepresenting the truth". He also claims that we have a
> "Luddite mentality".
> In fact ICTE was set up in May 2003 to highlight the very real dangers posed
> by
> the electronic voting system to be used nationwide this June. We have no
> political or mischieveous motives. Our position has always been that while
> electronic voting can offer certain advantages, paperless electronic voting
> cannot be trusted by the electorate, a position which is endorsed by the Irish
> Computer Society (the professional body for Irish computer professionals) and
> the ACM (the international professional body for computer professionals). If
> any of your readers would like more information about our concerns, they might
> like to visit our website at http://evoting.cs.may.ie
> In direct answer to Mr Mooney's questions:
> ICTE did not comment at the time of the last pilot in which these machines
> were
> used, or when the idea was first signalled, because it did not yet exist. That
> said, several of our members raised concerns about the issue at the time and
> were attempting to gather as much information as possible about the system so
> that they could make informed comment on it.
> Mr Mooney is welcome to join ICTE, as are all your readers. All our discussion
> and decision-making takes place on our open e-mail list, which you can join by
> going to
> http://evoting.cs.may.ie/discussion.shtml
> Margaret McGaley
> Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting
> http://evoting.cs.may.ie
> ***

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