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Diebold [Sep. 22nd, 2004|10:57 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
All this Diebold crap depresses me so much.

Why don't the People In Charge understand that an open, peer-reviewed, understood voting system is the only safe bet? Even if Diebold isn't intentionally evil (a big if), they're definitely not smart. Do you want a corporation rushing out shoddy voting software to make a buck, or would you rather a group of smart people made it for free, motivated only by making the best system that's fair and tamper-proof?

The People in general don't much know or care ("but it's DIGITAL!"), which is a depression I've long since come to accept, but I'd expect better of our government.

Good reading: http://www.blackboxvoting.com/ (which would be better with RSS)

[User Picture]From: quelrod
2004-09-22 12:27 pm (UTC)
Sadly the masses, including our government, are just plain ignorant when it comes to technology. If you inform people there are alternatives to windows...some people might say "ewww mac" but most will say "huh? there are?"

While all of us can so clearly beat our heads against the wall screaming that open source is the ONLY solution for this...We have well respected corporations like Microsoft spreading FUD regarding open source. Also, I think the whole concept of open source confuses people. Many people want to know what our motivation is and why we'd give something away. How can you convince jaded people that open source authors really just want good software to benefit everyone and be free?

I guess we need to figure out how to bridge between the geek within and buisness-speak if OSS is to have a shot.

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