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Diebold must comply with N.C. law, escrow source code, federal judge rules

Diebold must comply with N.C. law, escrow source code, federal judge rules
Diebold must comply with N.C. law, escrow source code, federal judge rules



Apologies to Ryan are in order for my delay in sending along his 
article. Since it posted, a federal judge has apparently ruled that 
Diebold must comply with the source code escrow requirement:
http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2005_11.php#004203 

-Declan

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Politech submission: EFF challenges Diebold exemption in NC
Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 18:38:38 -0800
From: Ryan Paul  
To: declan@well.com 

Declan,

North Carolina recently established a new set of policies for voting
machine selection. As you may already know, havoc transpired after a
voting machine failure caused the loss of over 4,000 votes in one county
of North Carolina last year. The new law requires that voting machine
manufacturers provide the state government with access to software
source code. Diebold is currently trying to get an exemption for third
party code, and the EFF has pursued legal action in order to convince
the government not to provide Diebold with a permanent exemption.

I did an article about it for Ars Technica, and I thought that fellow
Politech readers might be interested:
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051121-5606.html 

The initial EFF press release can be found here:
http://www.eff.org/news/archives/2005_11.php#004171 

And the text of North Carolina's new election integrity bill can be
found here:
http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2005/Bills/Senate/HTML/S223v6.html 

Third party code exemptions would vastly diminish the power of North
Carolina's excellent Public Confidence in Elections bill, because such
exemptions would essentially prevent full disclosure of potentially
malicious code hidden in electronic voting technologies.

Thanks!

-- 
Ryan Paul  

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