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NewsForge: FreeDeveloper.net's eVote project struggles over code release

Nov 23, 2000, 13:09 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

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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 voting system."

"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."

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