Wednesday, November 24, 2004

TENdotZERO Opens Up Its E-Voting Code

TENdotZERO, a pioneer in standards-based solutions, today announced that it is opening up the code base for TdZ e-Vote, its e-Voting software, to the Open Source Community on a Dual Use License basis.

Simon Bain, CTO of TENdotZERO, said: “We have decided to release the TdZ e-Vote code under the GPL license, to provide a firm foundation for other developers and users to take a proven product and adapt it for their own requirements.”

The original software was developed alongside the software which helped manage a number of the UK local government pilot elections in 2003. This new version additionally provides cross-platform compatibility, enhanced security, and easy management.

eMediaWire - November 24, 2004
TENdotZERO Opens Up Its E-Voting Code to the Open Source Community

Open code is certainly better than closed, but it doesn't address the fundamental issue that you have no way of knowing exactly what code is actually running on voting day on each and every voting machine.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

US e-voting investigation requested

Six Democratic congressmen have asked the Government Accountability Office to investigate reports of voting irregularities in the Nov. 2 election, many of them involving electronic touch-screen voting machines.

A Nov. 5 letter to Comptroller General David Walker cited news reports of problems in California, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio in which thousands of votes were erroneously recorded, deleted or added.

Signing the letter were Reps. John Conyers of Michigan, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Jerrold Nadler of New York, Robert Scott of Virginia, Melvin Watt of North Carolina and Robert Wexler of Florida.

Washington Technology - November 22, 2004
E-voting investigation requested

Australian e-democracy

(Note: This is Victorian as in Australia, not as in steam-punk retro-fiction.)

The Age reports

A Victorian parliamentary committee has called for public comment on the issue of e-democracy following the release early this month of a discussion paper.

Victorian Electronic Democracy: Your say in the future raises what the committee believes are the key issues, including such questions as how new technologies can be used to draw citizens into policy development, whether parliament has the resources to use interactive technologies and the security implications of using technologies such as online voting systems.

The Age - November 16, 2004
Time to have a say on e-democracy

I found the report Victorian Electronic Democracy - Discussion Paper (November 2004).
All of the links in the report are broken (they didn't make them fully-qualified), so that's not such a great start.

You can discuss the report at victorianedemocracy.info
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