[E-voting] UK govt circular mentions open-source e-voting
beddill at nas.com
Wed Jul 20 18:41:08 IST 2005
Thank you, Catherine;
I was about to write that retort, and you did it far better than I.
It's "nice" to have open-source, but is far from THE solution, and other
techniques for ballot integrity are better.
At 7/20/2005 10:14 AM, you wrote:
>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)
>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
>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."
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