[E-voting] Keep it free - Friday, May 1st

Fergal Daly fergal at esatclear.ie
Fri Feb 20 09:20:16 GMT 2009

Although a get together sounds good, I can't help wondering how it
would look to be publicising it. I think we mad look
mad/lonely/obsessed. I think the 5 year date is good for publicising
and the get-together is a good idea too. I'm just not sure that
publicisiing the get-together is great...


2009/2/19 Catherine Ansbro <cansbro at eircom.net>:
> For the record, it was 2 wonderful cakes :-P
> Maybe we should have 3 this time to make it newsworthy (and to be sure
> there is enough for the media) . . . .
> Great idea to get together again to celebrate.  We should also have a
> press release & handouts that summarize what we now know know about the
> proposed Irish e-voting system that was not publicly known at the time
> this all got started.
> It's a good time for a public/media reminder.  It would be no harm to
> provide a bullet list of key facts and figures--
> (e.g., that the commission discovered the software wouldn't count
> accurately in certain conditions.  that lots of hardware changes (how
> many?) would be necessary.  that no end-to-end testing or hacking was
> ever done.  that election officials didn't report truthfully about the
> pilot projects at the time.  that Joe McCarthy's FOI requests were
> needed to bring crucial facts to light.  about the companies that did
> the business (one of which no longer exists I believe).  how much money
> was spent on a PR campaign.  how much was spent on storage.  total cost
> of the whole fiasco (including costs of the CEV & the two reports).
> etc. etc. etc.
> A list like this would be helpful for folks in other countries too.
> Catherine
> Colm MacCárthaigh wrote:
>> On Thursday April 31st, it will be 5 years since e-voting was
>> abandoned, following the first report of the Commission on Electronic
>> Voting. 5 Years ago, we had a great party, with Champagne, TV crews
>> from RTE, TDs, and a wonderful cake from Catherine,  To mark 5 years,
>> we're planning some press coverage that week, and already talking to
>> editors to see what we can make newsworthy.
>> But apart from all of that, it seems like a good time to get together,
>> take stock, have a few and enjoy catching up. So keep May 1st free,
>> and let me know if it suits you. We'll find a venue closer to the
>> time, probably the Pembroke again.
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