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Open Source Voting Systems: A Digital Public Works Problem

April 10th, 2008 Posted in Interviews, Tools, Transparency

John Sebes and Greg Miller have identified a big problem — electronic voting is broken. And they have a big idea — fix it with a collaborative, transparent, open source approach. They call it a “digital public works project.” They argue that American elections are suffering a loss of trust and that commercial vendors expected to provided voting technology can’t be expected to put the publics’ interests before their own. John and Greg propose that a team of technologists working with a virtual community of volunteers design and develop a trustworthy e-voting technology.

To manage this process they are establishing a new organization, the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV). The OSDV will look at the entire ballot system including design of software but also hardware, systems, standards, and specifications. The Foundation will also play an promotional role to convince the public this approach can work and is better.

John Sebes will be online with us on April 10, 2008 at 2pm ET to discuss the OSDV and issues with voting technology. Ask him questions, join the discussion or read the transcript at LIVE Interviews Online.

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