"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
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