[E-voting] re: First draft press release
cansbro at eircom.net
Wed Jul 5 18:10:42 IST 2006
Sorry to be so brief--just back from Dublin--congrats to Mags on great
interviews on RTE I Morning Ireland and for Belgian TV documentary;
kudos as well to Joe McCarthy on his media appearances, and to others
not mentioned. Bravo one and all.
I agree with Keith's point (mentioning the pilot tests that failed but
that were touted as successes)
Dermot's point (esp. 2nd half) is best left out--we need to be tight and
focus on the main facts and not get emotional. The biggest challenge in
this issue is to educate the media, general public, civil servants &
elected representatives. There is no point getting political because it
will close down hearing by some who need to hear & learn. ICTE is not
political and it should stay that way.
"Extensive changes" will be more powerful if made more specific:
(mention that at least 41 changes are called for, some of them involving
starting crucial software development from /less than/ square one, since
better methodology, development processes and testing must also be
developed before the software writing can begin. )
And say more about the degree of testing that is called for--not only of
all the new or modified components, but of many things which have not
been tested at all so far but which should have been (e.g. end-to-end
testing, hack testing, and more detailed review of the code than was
possible here)--and the implication for costs.
Keith Martin wrote:
> I think that a reference to the Dublin West & Dublin North election
> problems (bad tallies between the paper record and the electronic)
> should be mentioned again (even just a single line). Bertie & Dick
> keep claiming the system worked perfectly when it was used.
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