[E-voting] Response to the tender

Brian O'Byrne bobyrne at statesoft.ie
Thu Jun 2 16:06:52 IST 2005


Colm,

If there is work you can delegate, send some of it here.
I think it is a great idea and will happily give some time.

Brian.

On Thursday 02 June 2005 16:06, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> It needs a fair ammount of padding, but I'm very serious about
> putting a tender together at zero cost and sending it in. At the
> very least, it is establishes that we provided them with the
> opportunity not to waste our money.
>
> I'll put a start to the PDF version soon, contributions welcome!
>
> On Thu, Jun 02, 2005 at 10:04:04AM -0500, Andrew Ó Baoill wrote:
> > Colm,
> >
> > I like the idea. Just a small point:
> > In between stating that it is "provably the case" and that ICTE
> > "propose that at zero-cost we will re-supply" you should have a
> > bit saying that ICTE has previously prepared such reports.
> >
> > Andrew
> >
> > On 2 Meith 2005, at 04:20, Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> > >I'm thinking something like this:
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >        Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE)
> > >
> > >                 response to
> > >
> > >        Invitation to Tender for the Appointment of
> > >        Consultants to Undertake a Security and Risk
> > >        Assessment of the Electronic Voting and
> > >        Counting System and to Develop a Programme
> > >        of Additional Testing.
> > >
> > >
> > >Introduction:
> > >
> > >Irish Citizens for Trustworthy Evoting (ICTE) is a group of
> > > ordinary citizens who serve to highlight that no electronic
> > > voting system can be
> > >trustworthy unless it includes a voter-verified audit trail.
> > >
> > >ICTE has a website available at
> > >
> > >    http://evoting.cs.may.ie/
> > >
> > >ICTE's main goals are:
> > >
> > >    * to ensure that any electronic voting system introduced in
> > >Ireland
> > >      meets the following criteria
> > >
> > >        o it includes a Voter Verified Audit Trail (VVAT),
> > >
> > >        o a booth is used, analogous to the traditional polling
> > > booth,
> > >
> > >        o all development uses formal methods,
> > >
> > >        o all source code is open to public scrutiny and audit.
> > >
> > >    * to prevent the use of the Nedap/Powervote system in Irish
> > >      Elections until it meets said criteria
> > >
> > >    * to prevent the purchase of any more equipment or software
> > > from Nedap/Powervote by the Irish Government unless the system
> > > being purchased meets said criteria.
> > >
> > >The above may be considered a disclosure of conflict of
> > > interest, as required under section 4.2 of the invitation to
> > > tender. ICTE does not however consider the above a conflict of
> > > interest.
> > >
> > >Proposal:
> > >
> > >As section 2.2 of the invitation outlines, the first main area
> > > of assessment is "assessment of security measures and in-built
> > > protections
> > >of the voting equipment hardware". At present, the proposed
> > > Electronic Voting system lacks a Voter-Verified Audit Trail,
> > > the first and most basic in-built security protection.
> > >
> > >In the absense of a Voter-Verified Audit-Trail, it is provably
> > > the case
> > >that the mis-recording of votes (by error or malice) is
> > > undetectable. As such, ICTE consider it a waste of both time
> > > and money to examine the
> > >system in any further detail.
> > >
> > >In that context, ICTE propose that at zero-cost we will
> > > re-supply our reports and material to the department
> > > highlighting the fundamental requirement for a Voter-Verified
> > > Audit-Trail and hope that the Department will see fit to avoid
> > > needless public expenditure on further
> > >examination of a system which can so easily be demonstrated to
> > > be severely lacking in basic security.
> > >
> > >--
> > >Colm MacCárthaigh                        Public Key: colm
> > >+pgp at stdlib.net
> > >
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