[LACTTE] Re: [Linux-aus] Meeting Minutes, Committee Activities, Constitution?

Jeff Waugh jdub at perkypants.org
Wed Oct 29 10:51:10 UTC 2003

<quote who="Stewart Smith">

> On Wed, 2003-10-29 at 08:20, David Lloyd wrote:
> > I've been reading "Applied Cryptography" and some of the methods for
> > secure, secret online voting. It's quite complex.
> If there is a requirement for a secret ballot (which I don't think there
> is, and we could make it pretty-good without resorting to real crypto
> methods) but a slight variation (mostly in purpose) of Chaum's eCash stuff
> would probably work quite nicely. think eCash=voting token.

I think starting with a secret ballot would make sense - I would argue that
there should be a stronger rationale for bucking the system and having a
public ballot than there should for having a secret ballot. :-)

[ For what it's worth, the GNOME Foundation will most likely move towards a
secret ballot soon after three years of public ballots. It was initially
public due to social and technical lack of trust, but now that the social
issues are dealt with, we need only solve the technical ones. :-) ]

- Jeff

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