Rundown on Electronic Voting Machines

Voting Machines Under Scrutiny The potential perils of electronic voting systems are bedeviling state officials as a Jan. 1 deadline approaches for complying with standards for the machines’ reliability. Across the country, officials are trying multiple methods to ensure that touch-screen voting machines can record and count votes without falling prey to software bugs, hackers, … Continue reading “Rundown on Electronic Voting Machines”

CA and eVoting

An LATimes op-ed with some interesting statistics: A firewall for democracy [pdf] California’s secretary of state, has just performed an invaluable service for the voters. Only a few months into the job, he had been under intense pressure to certify the latest electronic touch-screen voting machine manufactured by Diebold Election Systems, which is supposed to … Continue reading “CA and eVoting”

Next Up – Wendy Seltzer

Is It Chilly In Here? – Copyright’s chilling effect on information exchange Quick recap of the basis Let’s talk about some EFF cases JibJab’s “This Land” — the estate of Woody Guthrie asserted that this was an unauthorized derivative work – the brothers called the EFF — EFF discovered that, in fact, the song was … Continue reading “Next Up – Wendy Seltzer”

Woo-hoo! The Copyright Sword (sometimes) Cuts Both Ways!

Free Speech Vindicated in OPG v. Diebold (includes links to the decision) The EFF press release Last October, Diebold threatened dozens of ISPs with lawsuits if they allowed users to post or link to a Diebold email archive documenting flaws in the company’s e-voting technology. Online Policy Group, IndyMedia, and two Swarthmore students, Nelson Pavlosky … Continue reading “Woo-hoo! The Copyright Sword (sometimes) Cuts Both Ways!”

Two From Larry Lessig

A comment on a distressing report about Diebold voting machines: can this really be true: diabolic diebold Translations of the recent German court decision upholding the GPL: the GPL in Germany

Seattle Weekly: News: In the past 20 months, Harris has become America’s leading critic of electronic voting (see “Black Box Backlash,” March 10). Her reporting on the problems with new computer voting machines has been a key component in a national, grassroots movement to safeguard voting. Her astounding discoveries have resulted in important studies … Continue reading “”

Yochai and John: The Internet and Politics

<< Getting ready –watching some sort of copyright infringing StarWars episode X – >> Off we go: John Palfrey: This session is on politics – to some extent, all these sessions have had something to do with politics; speech, freedom, semiotic democracy, free culture, technologies and politics of control, privacy. I strikes me that … Continue reading “Yochai and John: The Internet and Politics”

Aviel Rubin Profiled

Who Hacked the Voting System? The Teacher Luckily, the setting was not an election but a classroom exercise; the conspirators were students of Aviel D. Rubin, a professor at Johns Hopkins University. It might seem unusual to teach computer security through hacking, but a lot of what Professor Rubin does is unusual. He has become … Continue reading “Aviel Rubin Profiled”

The Perils Of Astroturfing

Sometimes, you get grass roots instead – from today’s Boston Globe: The do-it-yourself campaign (I can’t find the poster shown with the Globe article – "misunderestimate" was involved – and I also can’t find any uses of "dignitude" or "strategery") VISITORS TO THE official Bush campaign website,, are encouraged to “join the team” by … Continue reading “The Perils Of Astroturfing”

Jason Schultz on Declaratory Judgments

I got an e-mail from Jason Schultz (EFF staff bios; Lawgeek Unplugged) of the EFF to my question about whether declaratory judgments ever work in IP, especially when it comes to post-DMCA tries. Here’s what he had to say: OPG v. Diebold. 🙂 Not over yet, but we’re certainly got them on the run. <> … Continue reading “Jason Schultz on Declaratory Judgments”