[E-voting] Our friend Derek Mooney

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
Thu Mar 11 16:09:01 GMT 2004


Also, change "are" to "is" in the second sentence of the letter, so that it 
reads:

I am the spokesperson for Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE), 
the group
which Mr Mooney claims is "seeking to thwart the legitimate decisions of an 
elected
Government" by "misrepresenting the truth".


At 15:53 11/03/2004 +0000, Ryan Meade wrote:
>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.
>
>Ryan
>
>On 11/03/2004 15:24, "Margaret McGaley" <Margaret.McGaley at redbrick.dcu.ie>
>wrote:
>
> > 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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