[E-voting] UK govt circular mentions open-source e-voting

cansbro at eircom.net cansbro at eircom.net
Wed Jul 20 18:14:40 IST 2005


I hope that some folks over there realise that open source is NOT an answer
to avoiding election fraud.  

There are too many points of vulnerability.  Virtually impossible to ever
prove that what was run on a machine was only what was tested/approved. 
Too easy to manipulate (e.g. put in a trojan that does its business then
removes all trace of itself).  No chance that every voting machine and
every piece of software will underdo forensic testing to prove that all was
well.  No chance that fraudulent results could be counted on to be
obviously fraudulent--in fact, fraud is more likely to avoid drawing
attention to itself.

I sure hope they wake up over there.  There's problems with a group in the
USA trying to promote open source as a solution.  They are ignoring the
horrendous problems revealed by recent security tests that show the
machines were designed in a way to facilitate hacking through various
modalities.  (see blackboxvoting.org for details)


Original Message:
From:  A.J.Delaney at brighton.ac.uk
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 16:22:00 +0100
To: e-voting at lists.stdlib.net
Subject: [E-voting] UK govt circular mentions open-source e-voting

Hey all,
We're not an open-source group, yada yada, however this may be of
interest to some
" E-voting: with the transition to e-voting, political parties
 or the public might wish to inspect any software used in
 the process to counter electoral fraud or vote-rigging.
 Some say that OSS is one possible way of doing this
 because the source-code is freely available to anyone
 wishing to scrutinise it."

Aidan Delaney
School of Computing, Mathematics and Information Sciences,
University of Brighton.

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