[E-voting] Irish situation get european attention.

David GLAUDE dglaude at gmx.net
Tue Mar 16 18:31:40 GMT 2004

All of those association fight somehow on a responsible and carefull 
Information Technology policy. They care about "Human right" in 
Cyberspace. Any abuse of the technology (Big Brother, Biometrics, RFID, 
DRM, ...) or abuse of the law (EUCD, expension of the patent system in 
the software field, copyright holder super power, ...) to restrict 
freedom of speach, freedom of writing code, ... is important to them.

When IT peaple do politics, and talk about the things they know, they 
care about, they soon or later get to thing about all of those issue, 
including electronic voting.

We have networks in place, contact at many levels on many topics that 
make all of those connected. They don't have all the time to fight every 
fight, but they can be ready to sign a common position, spread the news, ...

It as been done not long ago for the IP right enforcement directive (we 
lost), it was done before for software patent (we won the first battle 
in European Parliament) and before on SPAM (with a successfull directive 
that say "Opt-In") and on EUCD (we lost but are still fighting on the 
implementation of that directive in member state law).

The eVoting issue is not at the European level yet. However the 
Commission is and has been founding many "e-" things, including eVoting 
studdy and trial. Now they care about eDemocracy and eParticipation 
because of a Council decision.

Even in the European Parliament is not involved in the voting rules, 
they can control how Member of the European Parliament are elected (like 
it must be with a proportionnal system [I think STV is considered as a 
proportionnal system]) by way of Directive. So they could be able to 
specify that European Election must be VVAT or something like that. This 
require intensive lobbying, fighting against country that have a veto in 
the Council and are already using eVoting... But it is possible (not 
this year but in 5 years).

Now is not the time for you Irish to fight at that level, since you are 
in the middle of a battle... but after the European Election, I hope 
some of you will continue and maybe try raise this issue at an other layer.


Rory McCann wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Mar 2004, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
>>On Tue, Mar 16, 2004 at 06:44:50PM +0100, David GLAUDE wrote:
>>>I repeat here the opportunity to use the FFII, EDRI, anti-EUCD,
>>>anti-SwPatent, anti-BigBrother, pro-FreeSoftware, pro-CreativeCommons
>>>channel to spread a news (either a summary or your next press-release)
>>But what does E-voting have to do with any of those things? :)
>>Colm MacC?rthaigh                        Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net
> The fact that private companies are going to have more control on the
> electorial system? The fact that the government is hoping to use a flawed
> computer system? The fact that closed propetary code is being used for the
> most basic part of our democracy?
> Rory McCann

Don't let computer expert control election...
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