[Linux-aus] Grant request: Contribution to Senate voting source code FOI request review.
la at mjec.net
Mon Jun 23 16:53:24 EST 2014
Thank you everyone for your generous support.
I've been overwhelmed by the number of people who are reaching into their
pockets in the hope of getting the code released. My particular thanks to
Chris who independently put in this grant request (though he did give me a
heads up it was happening).
I'd gratefully receive any support - financial and otherwise - LA is
willing to give. The next target is to get some quality legal advice from
an administrative law expert to settle the submissions before they go to
the AAT. I honestly think that this is where the biggest "bang for buck" is
in terms of improving the chance of a successful outcome.
I'm of course happy to answer any questions on or off list.
On 23 June 2014 16:41, Paul Gear <paul at gear.dyndns.org> wrote:
> Great effort, Michael & Chris.
> I've personally backed it just now, and I also support the notion of LA
> backing it corporately.
> On 06/23/2014 11:56 AM, Chris Neugebauer 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 .
> > 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 .
> > 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 , 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
> >  http://easycount.mjec.net/
> >  http://www.pozible.com/project/183015
> >  http://linux.org.au/values
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