NewsForge: FreeDeveloper.net's eVote project struggles over code release
Nov 23, 2000, 13:09 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Sometimes, building the tools to fix democracy can be as messy
as democracy itself. For the past week, developers interested in
working on an Internet voting system with FreeDevelopers.net have
been locked in an argument over when the primary author should
release some of the source code."
"Marilyn Davis has created the Clerk, a software module
"designed to emulate 'The Clerk' of a Quaker meeting for business,"
on which FreeDevelopers is basing its eVote project. But Davis has
so far declined to release the source code, saying she's concerned
about the possibility of coders building in ways to cheat the
"Davis has urged other programmers to be patient while she
trusts her inner voice to develop the project further before
releasing the code. About seven years ago, Richard M. Stallman, the
founder of the Free Software Foundation himself, unsuccessfully
tried to convince her to release the code she's been working on for
12 years, she says."