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TNL.net: E-voting and the Open Source Community

Jul 27, 2004, 02:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tristan Louis)

"My first reason for mentioning open-source as the savior of e-voting is that the open source community is inherently democratic in its nature. If you have something to contribute, you just go ahead and do it. If it's good enough to withstand the scrutiny of other developers, it gets used. If it isn't, it gets abandoned. This system of peer-review has already helped in turning some projects into the basic foundation of the everyday Internet: BIND basically covers how internet addresses are translated from numbers to more friendly domain names; Apache powers the majority of the web servers in the world; Sendmail still sits at the core of most email implementation. Quietly, each of those tools gets improved by open-source communities, which can be seen as the best example of meritocracy in existence: you are what you contribute in the open source space..."

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