Tuesday, April 20, 2004

Voting machines can't be checked for failures

The Dutch magazine Computable reports about an emergent debate about voting machines. Voting machines can't be checked for irregularities, since the intellectual property belongs to the companies that produced them. Dutch professor Bart Jacobs argues that it is not a question of disfunctionality but principal. Since citizens have a formal right to witness counting of votes, the only option for voting machines would be to open the source code of the machine's software code.

An abstract of the article and a discussion about this can be found on the Computable website in Dutch.

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