Reinventing How America Votes Through Open Source Solutions

Deborah Bryant (Bryant Group), Joseph Hall (Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University), Gregory Miller (Open Source Digital Voting Foundation)
Government
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The condition of America’s voting systems is well known: only two major vendors remain with solutions that are black box and proprietary, and there is little assurance of accuracy, transparency, trust, or security. The TrustTheVote Project is a groundbreaking effort comprised of four big ideas:
  1. Elections systems should be publicly owned, open source, and transparent;
  2. The only way to achieve accuracy, transparency, trust, and security is to engage stakeholders in a community effort to drive the requirements and specifications for a system framework that can be tailored to each jurisdiction;
  3. Such a system must be designed and built as a series of independent “lightweight” single-purpose components and not a single monolithic system; and
  4. Such a system, despite the capabilities of digital innovation, must produce a paper record of the cast ballot and transparent audit loops for the entire process.

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.

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Deborah Bryant

Bryant Group

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.

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.

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

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Joseph Hall

Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

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.

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Gregory Miller

Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

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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Gregory Miller
07/22/2010 4:10pm PDT

Tim- Thanks. Yes, that would have been nice, but we relied on Bryan Sivak to make a comment about us. It would be a huge help, however, if you could forward that feedback to the conference organizers! Good news is we will be presenting at Gov2.0 in the fall in D.C.

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Joseph Hall
07/22/2010 3:31pm PDT

So true, Tim. We had thought it would be more like 50 minutes, so were were caught a bit off-guard. Anyway, if you’d like to discuss further with any of us, just get in touch.

Tim Diaz De Rivera
07/22/2010 3:09pm PDT

Greg, you should have had a speaking slot during the keynotes! There was just not enough time to discuss the many issues.

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