[Linux-aus] Grant request: Contribution to Senate voting source code FOI request review.

James Polley jamezpolley at gmail.com
Mon Jun 23 15:14:24 EST 2014

I support this application, so much so that I've thrown some of my own money towards the cause as well.

> On 23 Jun 2014, at 11:56, Chris Neugebauer <chrisjrn at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all,
> One of our members, Michael Cordover, has been going through the
> Freedom of Information process to gain access to the source code used
> by the Australian Electoral Commision to tally Senate votes in
> Australian federal elections.
> Michael's process, including all correspondence with the AEC, has been
> thoroughly documented here at [0].
> The AEC declined the FOI request, and Michael is currently seeking
> appeal through the administrative appeals tribunal, as the free review
> process was performed by the OAIC, a body being disbanded through the
> 2014-15 federal budget process.
> The appeal requires a lodgement fee of some $850. Michael is in the
> process of crowd funding this request [1].
> Whilst I'm not a lawyer, I've been following the process quite closely
> since it started, and have been deeply bemused by the AEC's arguments,
> which I personally feel are either technically flawed or absurd.
> I believe that the goal of the FOI request, and associated review, is
> well in line with Linux Australia's values [2], in particular, that of
> "Freedom", which explicitly states:
> "We value free access to, sharing of and repurposing of information,
> in particular that information held by the public sector."
> I'd like to request that, as a showing of support, Linux Australia
> make a small contribution, not exceeding $150 to the crowdfunding
> campaign.
> --Chris
> [0] http://easycount.mjec.net/
> [1] http://www.pozible.com/project/183015
> [2] http://linux.org.au/values
> -- 
> --Christopher Neugebauer
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