Tuesday, February 7, 2006

Hearing on Open Source Software for voting systems tomorrow in Sacramento

A public hearing will take place tomorrow, February 8 at the State Capitol in Room 112 to examine whether open source software has a place in California's electoral system. The hearing agenda includes CVF Board Member Deirdre Mulligan of Boalt Law School, Peter Neumann from SRI International, and several other invited speakers such as representatives from voting equipment manufacturers.

The hearing starts at 9 a.m. and will most likely last several hours. For those who can't make it to Sacramento, you should be able to watch a live webcast of the hearing on the California Channel, which will also broadcast it the following day, February 9 at 12 noon. Also check out the new open source software report issued by the Secretary of State, which provides a lot of background information on this topic and concludes that further study is needed. Hopefully tomorrow's hearing will help to further flesh out the debate over open source software in voting systems.

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