[CAVO] Travis County RFI

Patrick Masson masson at opensource.org
Mon Jun 15 15:33:54 UTC 2015

Brent (an CAVO list),

As you will see I reached out to Richard Fontana (one of the OSI Board
Directors) to share the RFI you forwarded as it raised a few concerns
for me and I thought his assessment would help.

My first impression was that the RFI seems to indicate that the County
will assign a license that they call "open source" but allows the County
or Consortium to control who can use/fork it, "usage rights for actual
elections as well as derivative rights (as in using the code to create a
derivative voting system) would be controlled by Travis County". This
would not be permissible under an OSI approved open source license and
would violate the Open Source Definition.

Secondly the RFI includes several references to open source, but does
not include specifically "OSI Approved License" (§14, page 138), for
- "released to the public as “open source” under a license"
- "vendor may propose to make other components of the software open
source as they deem appropriate"
- "shall be made open source"
- "shall be released an open source and functioning reference
- etc.

I expect you would want to reach out to Travis County to raise this
issue, but expect Richard might have more information. Also Larry might
have some thoughts on that language as well.

We'd be happy to help,

P.S. re. Twitter account, Thanks, I will just include the CAVO URL in
any relevant tweets I post.

On Sun, 2015-06-14 at 21:18 -0700, Brent Turner wrote:
> CAVO does not have a Twitter account
> On Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 7:22 PM, Patrick Masson
> <masson at opensource.org> wrote:
>         Brent,
>         What is CAVO's twitter account? I can't find it.
>         Thanks,
>         Patrick
>         On Sat, 2015-06-13 at 12:00 -0700, Brent Turner wrote: 
>         > " Source code for specific modules relating to third-party
>         > verification of the public bulletin board and related
>         > published election artifacts would be published under a
>         > "suitable" (as determined by Travis County and/or
>         > consortium) open source license; "...     
>         > 
>         > 
>         > On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 6:42 PM, Brent Turner
>         > <turnerbrentm at gmail.com> wrote:
>         > 
>         >         http://traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=News.StarVote
>         >         
>         > 
>         > 
>         > 
>         > 
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