[Fsfe-ie] E-Voting letter
ian at locut.us
Fri Apr 9 00:28:22 CEST 2004
On Thu, 2004-04-08 at 22:26, Cathal Mc Ginley wrote:
> My letter doesn't advocate a Free Software solution, it criticizes a
> non-Free Software solution, while also (twice or more) drawing attention
> to the problem of knowing that the program you've reviewed is the
> program being used.
Well, my reading of your letter is that it does advocate a free software
solution (perhaps I am not appreciating some subtlety, but if I don't -
I suspect its intended audience won't either), but even if it didn't, a
criticism is largely useless unless you advocate a better idea, so if
you aren't advocating a free software solution, why muddy the water?
> "Electronic voting is a bad idea - it's the inappropriate use of
> technology in the wrong place."
I think e-voting ok, but only with a voter verified paper audit trail.
Simply saying that nothing should change makes us sound like Luddites,
and will only serve to make it easier for them to dismiss us.
> The ICTE submissions summary lists 9 instances asking for source code.
> The possibility of an "open source" solution has been raised in an
> article in the Irish Times (mentioned by Éibhear).
To be blunt, I really couldn't care less whether the source code is
open, provided that there is a voter-verified paper audit trail.
Advocating the former can only serve to distract attention from the
latter - and that is bad for democracy.
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