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[News] Law-related Procedures Need to Go Open Source and Free

  • Subject: [News] Law-related Procedures Need to Go Open Source and Free
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 13:07:11 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
The Blue Screen of Felony Convictions

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| It’s high time that individuals say “enough” and stop allowing their rights 
| to be gradually eroded. Liberty-threatening software must be open source. 


This should also go open source...

Critique of Louis I. Rovner's Polygraph Examination and Testimony in Ohio v.

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| The trial is now over. The defendant, Sahil Sharma of New York City, waived 
| his right to a jury trial, and according to a press account, Judge Hunter 
| acquitted him at least in part based upon the polygraph results.  



Secret Breathalyzer Software Finally Revealed

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| As I’ve indicated in previous posts, defense attorneys for years have been 
| trying to discover the software source code used by manufacturers of various 
| breathalyzer models.   


Police Blotter: Defendant wins breathalyzer source code

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| What became central to the dispute was whether the source code was owned by 
| the state or CMI, the maker of the Intoxilyzer. 
| Minnesota's original bid proposal that CMI responded to says that "all right, 
| title, and interest in all copyrightable material" that CMI creates as part 
| of the contract "will be the property of the state." The bid proposal also 
| says CMI must provide "information" to be used by "attorneys representing 
| individuals charged with crimes in which a test with the proposed instrument 
| is part of the evidence," which seems to include source code.      


The Future of Elections: Open Source Voting

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| But how would you feel if Microsoft Windows was powering the voting booth in 
| which you were to select important elected officials? Would you, knowing of 
| Microsoft's past security record, feel confident that using this OS and not 
| being allowed to inspect the code, feel safe knowing that these machines 
| could very well help to dictate the future of your perspective countries? 
| Don't feel guilty, I don't really like it either.     


A Publicly Owned and Controlled Voting System Ensuring Transparency and
Oversight by the People or Nothing

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| Open source code optical scanners begin to restore some of that transparency 
| which would be eliminated by private vendors who bar the public from access 
| to any source code information. The advantage of open source software is that 
| it is available for public inspection by anyone with some level of computer 
| literacy, not just those designated to see the escrowed source code pursuant 
| to a non disclosure agreement.     


Microsoft Muscles the NYS Legislature

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| Microsoft’s proposed change to state law would effectively render
| our current requirements for escrow and the ability for independent
| review of source code in the event of disputes completely meaningless
| - and with it the protections the public fought so hard for.


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| "Nineteen machines had 21 screen freezes or system crashes, producing a
| blue screen and messages about an "illegal operation" or a "fatal
| exception error."
| "Especially with this blue-screen problem, you don't know whether it's
| the printer drivers, you don't know whether it's Diebold's own code or
| whether it's Windows"


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| Problems found in an audit of Diebold tabulation records from an Ohio
| November 2006 election raise questions about whether the database got
| corrupted during the tabulation of election results...
| The database is built from Microsoft's Jet database engine. The
| engine, according to Microsoft, is vulnerable to corruption when a lot
| of concurrent activity is happening with the database, such as what
| occurs on an election night [and Microsoft advises againt using Jet in
| a complex environment]...
| The report mentions that election staff had trouble with the server
| crashing and freezing on election night....
| The report notes that with punch card machines election officials used
| to be able to determine definitively if all ballots had been counted
| in the results....


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