[E-voting] First draft press release

Colm MacCarthaigh colm at stdlib.net
Wed Jul 5 15:26:43 IST 2006

On Wed, Jul 05, 2006 at 03:24:25PM +0100, Margaret McGaley wrote:
> I think calling for a cost-benefit analysis is within the scope of what 
> we can comment on, but if you guys disagree we can take it out of the 
> press release. I can see where you're coming from by saying cost is 
> unimportant once we have a trustworthy system, but we *do* have an 
> acceptably trustworthy system (paper and pen), and I think the cost of 
> making this system acceptably trustworthy would need to be justified imho.

We need to mention VVAT explicitly also, and point out that the
commissions ToRs *still* do not cover it, and that it blatantly
is neccessary as even the report shows (quote section 5.2 I guess).

I'd say more, but I'm out in a datacentre :/

> Margaret
> A.J.Delaney at brighton.ac.uk wrote:
> >Mags et. al.,
> >On Wed, 2006-07-05 at 15:08 +0100, Margaret McGaley wrote:
> > 
> >
> >>In response to Minister Roche's determination to continue with the 
> >>introduction of this system, Ms McGaley highlighted highlighted the 
> >>expense the necessary modifications would entail. "We should not decide 
> >>to use this system without doing a full cost-benefit analysis. The 
> >>changes laid out by the commission are extensive. They will require a 
> >>significant investment of both time and money to implement, and we need 
> >>to ask if this system is worth it. The €60 million that has been spent 
> >>to date is gone and the futher investment of several years, and millions 
> >>of euro, will not bring it back."
> >>   
> >>
> >Is it our position to argue about cost?  I personally don't care how
> >much the system costs once it is trustworthy.  However, my intuition (as
> >a software engineer) suggests that making this system safe will cost
> >much, much more than using our current paper based system.
> > 
> >
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Colm MacCárthaigh                        Public Key: colm+pgp at stdlib.net

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