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Re: A call for volunteer coders: urgent national e-vote project

From: A Bagi <ahmed.bagi@virgin.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2004 08:57:21 -0000
Message-ID: <001e01c3d10e$6ff8f5c0$0301a8c0@sn023784320093>
To: "Eric A. Smith" <snowdog@juno.ocn.ne.jp>, <www-talk@w3.org>
I'm writing today to ask for your help because I'm very, very frightenedSince, generically anyhow, an open source system provides access to anybody to use/manipulate/modify an existing system. Isn't this a direct violation of the law? And therefore you are solving a problem with a bigger problem!

What you need to do is provide legal representations, through your local congressman -packed with your findings - to the US authority, responsible for the overall supervision of the scheme so as such 'changes/modifications, can be made, legally' compulsory legislations. To simply invite programmers to create an open source system will not make a shred of difference -and above all you are making yourself and others liable to state prosecution for interfering with public domain data.

A better idea is to conduct a thorough research -quantative and qualative - into a potential source code that could guarantee true voting calculation/ true representation of factual votes and present your findings (hypothesis and conclusion) through an academic paper that could be forwarded to the appropriate authority (you may even get a government grant to do such work)!

Now enough of using this list as a venue to expressing unwanted political issues, this is meant as a technical repository.



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