Focus. That’s the real job of those of us chartered with
stewardship of the OSDV Foundation. There are other important jobs for
other folks – lobbying Congress for election reform, publishing
substantive policy position papers, performing research, and commenting
on proposed legislation or regulation – all are important aspects of
advancing election reform, but more or less consist of talking, not
That’s the distinction that makes the Open Source
Digital Voting Foundation different from many other organizations
concerned with voting – our work is to make breakthrough digital voting
technology that you can see, touch, and try. And that work is
our focus. You can read and learn all over our online community about
these real and demonstrative results we are steadfastly committed to delivering. So let me add a comment about that “C” word.
we began this effort over a year ago, we determined that in a digital
society a digital democracy is a given, and that for all the problems
it has so far presented, technology is not going away.
knew right then that it was important for everyone, and particularly
experts, to talk about what is broken, risky, and wrong with voting
technology. And we also knew that it was time to actually do something
about it. And we also knew the answer lie in tackling hard problems of
how to make digital voting work right.
With that, it became
easy for us to depart the profit-centric play of new technology
business development for the non-profit world. And the simple reason is
that we are not intending to lobby Congress on your behalf, or try to
convince the world of our views. Instead, we’re going to make real
things and put them out for the world to see, touch, and try. That’s
the ball we’re keeping our eyes trained on.
And we have a
DNA-level commitment to ensuring that the solutions – which we know can
be produced – are created and held in a transparent manner for the
public benefit, using the best practices of high assurance engineering
and open source methods of development.
I mean after all, in a digital democracy the cornerstone is how we
vote. And voting technology is something we feel strongly should be
held in the public trust… built by and for the citizens. What do you
think? Do you agree its time to actually do something?
Leave me a comment and I’ll address it. And if you join our Community, you’re comments will be part of the conversation immediately.