Here is a
report from the Election Technology Council [PDF]
giving the voting
machine industry's view of open source software. It's ... interesting.
"The level of accountability present within an open source product
offering is weakened due to its diffuse contributor base and lack of clear
liability. Public oversight is arguably just as diminished in an open
source environment since the layperson is unable to read and understand
software source code adequately enough to ensure total access and
comprehension. If a third party is charged with this oversight function to
remedy this situation, this is would be no different than any other
regulatory process that institutionalizes an oversight function.
(Seen on Freedom
, where Dan Wallach adds several comments of his own).
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