Surprise: Sequoia To Open Source E-voting Code
from the didn't-see-that-coming dept
Just last week there were reports that Sequoia had accidentally revealed some of its source code -- but this week Sequoia has surprised a lot of people by announcing plans for a new e-voting system which will have open source e-voting software included. The code will be released to the public next month.
This is definitely a big (and surprising) step forward. The Wired link above tries to speculate why -- but I'd argue the most obvious reason (not mentioned in that article) is that Sequoia's two largest competitors, ES&S and Diebold/Premiere merged last month, suddenly making Sequoia a much smaller player in the space (I believe it was already the number three player...). Going open source isn't just a way to improve its code and improve trust in the machines, but also a way to stand out against a much larger competitor.