[CAVO] [VVSG-election] [VVSG-interoperability] Single Point of Failure - the Scan Head - RE: By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines

Brent Turner turnerbrentm at gmail.com
Sat Jul 30 08:19:18 UTC 2016

All--   My apologies for not realizing Kapor had backed away from his
association with OSET.  Through the succession of name changes it is hard
to track principals.  The main thing to recognize here is that even though
an " open source " group may technically obtain Open Source Initiative
licensing..  OSI recommends the group attempting to peddle services or
products under the open source flag should be scrutinized for open source
history and their participation with the open source community.  A group
that does not reach out to the said open source community - is founded by
proprietary purveyors- and invents new licenses and licensing schemes is
obviously going to raise eyebrows. The open source community is very
protective of reputation  as it is now understood the proprietary code
 businessmen are discovering the traction of open source.. and the traction
coming available in the election system arena. Obviously there is not only
a money grab issue inherent .. but also a power grab issue due to the
outflow of elections

Groups that do not advocate the ubiquitous General Public License continue
to raise hackles  (even though we have managed to curtail most efforts to
pass through offending aspects of ill conceived license attempts.)
Furthermore,  misdirection statements  such as " The government purchasers
say they want a new open source license " are flags as well.  The idea is
to utilize a license that will encourage participation from the community.

Billionaires like Kelly - Kapor and Paul Allen are coming into the space of
elections with a fury, but this issue is not simply solved by throwing
money toward politicians or large designs. The best design is so simple
it's almost evasive. By keeping it simple with GPL and COTS  .. the
jurisdictions will be economically empowered.. and removed from the current
" vendor trap "


On Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 7:52 PM, Gregory Miller <gmiller at osetfoundation.org>

> Apologies folks,
> But my Legal Department has me under an obligation whenever this comes up,
> to clarify that Mitch Kapor is no longer involved with the OSET Institute
> (Foundation) or its TrustTheVote Project, and has not been since 2011.
> The OSET Institute is funded by several private philanthropists, led by
> former Facebook general counsel Chris Kelly, the Democracy Fund, and the
> Knight Foundation.  Moreover, we receive no funding whatsoever from
> Microsoft Corporation nor any commercial vendor of election technology.
> Sorry, but I am obligated by agreement to make this clarification due to
> continued misstatements by others.
> Thank you and respectfully,
> Gregory Miller
> OSET Institute
> On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Brent Turner <turnerbrentm at gmail.com>
> wrote in relevant part
>> ..... we need to watchdog anything that has Microsoft's involvement as it
>> might in fact be an in-road for Mitch Kapor's OSET effort to nuance the
>> open source voting effort--
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