Here are some of our milestones so far
- Researched U.S. voting systems technology to identify issues
- Designed development model for high-assurance, open-source technology
- Created an election professional stakeholder community
- Achieved tacit approval from several elections officials for systems-level architecture
- Released road map for voting and elections technology development
- Deployed online voter registration service with Rock The Vote
- Built prototype software for tabulation and election management services
- Built prototype ballot scanning software
- Collaborated with several election jurisdictions on ElectOS design
- Deployed voter management system and ballot design online service to states for 2012 general election
- Field-tested ballot casting and counting systems
- Field-tested election management system components
- Created iPad-based Digital Poll Book prototype
- Received Knight Foundation prototype grant for elections results reporting
- Worked with standards bodies—IEEE and NIST—to develop open data standards
- Achieved official 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a CA Public Benefits Organization
- Released alpha version of Election Results Reporting System—VoteStream
- Changed foundation name officially to “Open Source Election Technology” (OSET)
- Changed designation from “Foundation” to “Institute”
- Received second Knight Foundation grant to further VoteStream development
- Received OSI accreditation for the OSET Public License (modeled on the Mozilla Public License), a necessary and unique copy-left open source license designed specifically to address certain legal issues within state and county procurement processes and regulations.
- Released beta version of Election Results Reporting System—VoteStream
- Received significant operating support grant from Democracy Fund
- Produced first-ever citizen-facing outreach video to explain the flagship initiative of the OSET Institute: the TrustTheVote Project. Also available in Spanish.
- Co-founder Gregory Miller served in voluntary capacity to the U.S. DHS as a election technology security domain expert.
- Co-Founder John Sebes led a team to support NBC News elections coverage desks to track election and voting systems anomalies and issues in a 40-hour marathon at NBC Universal studios at 30 Rock NYC on election day.
- Supported a number of Congressional initiatives and research into matters of election integrity, security, and critical infrastructure.
- Continued prosecution on a portfolio of patents for ElectOS for the benefit of the public (U.S. Citizens)
And some milestones to come (or already happening)
- Bring aboard senior product management executive to lead technology, standards, and certification (We welcomed Eddie Perez formerly of Hart-Intercivic in 2018; his contributions (such as this) have been immediate.)
- Expand democracy software foundry to more voter-facing services such as VoteReady (see: bit.ly/OSETvoteready)
- Deliver production candidate election management systems plus ballot casting and counting devices for test and evaluation with the goal of being ready for deployment in the 2022 election cycle
- Achieve Federal (and/or States’) Voting Systems certification (2022-2023)
- Foster widespread adoption, adaptation, and deployment of publicly available (and open source) election and voting systems namely, but not limited, to the technology of ElectOS.