2010/9/28 Satish Babu <sb(a)inapp.com>om>:
This is not about the petition, but I'm wondering
if there is a link
between Free Software and EVMs.
If I remember right, the original debate was if EVMs could be
demonstrated to be tamper-proof.
EVMs are some kind of computers, and consist of hardware and software
(in this case, firmware). The question of establishing if an EVM is
tamper-proof *can* be resolved if the community has access to the
source code of the firmware. After all, if the community has
sufficient skills to contribute to the Linux kernel, we surely have
the competencies to audit/inspect the source code of the EVM.
As a community, shouldn't we be therefore calling for public scrutiny
of the source code of the EVM?
How do you make sure every EVM actually has the binary compiled from
the source code you inspected?
How do you know if the storage card is not replaced? There are much
more issues than just source code. The biggest concern, is there is no
back up, and you cannot verify it independently unlike a paper ballet.
You have to keep reminding your government that you don't get your
rights from them; you give them permission to rule, only so long as
they follow the rules: laws and constitution.