This session provides an overview of an imperative public digital works project: an established effort to re-invent how America votes in a digital democracy. Its not online voting, but it is rebuilding America’s voting systems infrastructure into an open source, publicly owned platform. It is an imperative project for us all, because how America votes has become just as important as who America votes for.
Deb has earned an international reputation for expertise in the adoption and use of open source software and open development models in the public sector, providing direct guidance and consultation to government on issues like project governance, community models, open source best practices, and open data initiatives. Recently Deb was invited to deliver keynote talks at South Korea’s Open Source Software Day and Northern Ireland’s Open Government Conference and eParticipation Summit.
While at Oregon State University’s Open Source Lab (OSU OSL) she founded the annual Government Open Source Conference (GOSCON) and helped state, local and federal government agencies with their adoption of open source software.
Prior to her work at OSL Deb served as the State of Oregon’s Deputy Chief Information Officer where she was responsible for statewide IT policy. During her time there she developed and testified on the Executive Branch’s response to proposed legislation designed to mandate the use of open source software for all Oregon state agencies.
Deb serves on numerous boards with an emphasis on open source as enabling technology – Board Adviser for the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation ; National Steering Committee for Open Source for America ; Board Adviser to Code for America ; Board Adviser to Civic Commons ; Member of Crisis Congress ; Advisory Council Member, Intrahealth International Director for DemocracyLab.org
Deb received an O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) 2010 Open Source Award in recognition of her contribution to open source communities and advocating its use in government.
Deb was elected in April of 2012 to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) board of directors: http://opensource.org
Joseph Lorenzo Hall recently graduated with his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Information working under information law professors Pamela Samuelson and Deirdre Mulligan. Hall started a postdoctoral research position at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP) at Princeton University this past Fall. Hall’s academic focus is on mechanisms that promote transparency, as core functions of our government become digital. His Ph.D. thesis used electronic voting as a critical case study in digital transparency. Mr. Hall holds master’s degrees in astrophysics and information systems from UC Berkeley and is a founding member of the National Science Foundation CyberTrust ACCURATE Center (A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections). He served as a voting technology, policy and law analyst on the teams that conducted the California Secretary of State’s Top-To-Bottom Review of voting systems and Project EVEREST, Ohio’s review of its voting systems.
Greg is a Co-Executive Director of the OSDV Foundation. He brings 24+ years experience in the tech sector, divided between software development and technology business development. He is also a (non practicing) IP lawyer involved in Internet & technology public policy. His technical experience is in user interface, distributed computing, and digital security. He has significant product management/marketing experience in large firms and start-ups. He’s spent the past 7 years in VC sector advising start-up ventures. Greg’s interests in voting technology and digital democracy have become his pursuits.
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