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[News] Black Boxes (Proprietary Software) Can't Work for Voting

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Voting 2.0, Part 1: The Trouble With Closed Systems

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| "The biggest problem is the lack of transparency in voting technology," 
| Felten, who is professor of computer science and public affairs and director 
| of the center for information technology policy at Princeton, told 
| LinuxInsider.   
| "This means not only that it's difficult for citizens to know the details of 
| how their votes have been counted, but also the lack of transparency extends 
| to Election Day," Felten explained. "You want to know not only what is the 
| technology counting the votes, but also that on Election Day it counts them 
| correctly."    
| Several examples have surfaced in recent years that suggest there is cause 
| for concern.  



The brazilian Election Supreme Court migrates 430 thousand voting machines to
GNU / Linux

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| The brazilian Election Supreme Court announced at April 4th 2008, that the
| 2008 elections at Brazil will use GNU / Linux electronic voting machines with
| software digital authentication.  
| The Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (the brazilian Election Supreme Court),
| officially announced on April 4th, 2008, that the brazilian 2008 elections
| will use 430 thousand electronic voting machines migrated from VirtuOS and
| Windows CE to GNU / Linux and open source softwares for security and auditing
| defined by proper law.    


Linux Voting Machines Save US$ 8 Millions in Brazil

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| Brazilian Goverment will save US$ 8 Millions in election between 2008 and
| 2018. The economy is due to the use of Linux in the eletronic voting
| machines, made by Procomp-Diebold,  


Open source software use sought in automated election system

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| A newly organized group of information technology professionals has called on
| government to use open standards and open source technology for the
| automation of elections in the Philippines.
| [...]
| Ito Gruet, who is an IT professional and member of the Advocacy for Open
| Systems in Elections, said the use of open standards or open source
| technology would promote "transparency" in the development of the automated
| election system.

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