Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Public property possibly released to public

2-6-06: Diebold agrees to waive proprietary claims to GEMS database files

"Hello. We just received a letter in today's mail from the Division of Elections stating that Diebold has agreed to waive its proprietary rights to the GEMS database files," wrote Kay Brown, Alaska Communications Director for the DNC.

You can see the letter that she's referring to here:


There is one minor point of contention left concerning the public accessibility of the usernames of the election staff who use GEMS. We feel that's public record.

This marks the first time Diebold itself has agreed to treat the main database files for all their election products as public records. Rapid access to these files on election night is the next frontier, as it will allow rapid oversight of both vote results and election configuration by ... More

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