Free & Fair is committed to releasing all our products, research, development, and proposals under open source licenses. Our primary focus is creating open source, high assurance election systems that are great for our customers. Our secondary focus is helping others create high assurance election systems using the concepts, tools, and techniques within our research field.
As such, today, on Wednesday, 17 May 2017, we are opening to the public more than 30 repositories in our Free & Fair GitHub Organization. These repositories contain the product demonstrators, security audits, proposals, tools, and technologies that we use to create high assurance election systems, some of which have been under development since the late 1990s.
Free & Fair is creating a guaranteed secure, correct, resilient and publicly-verifiable voting system that comprehensively addresses on-site and remote voting on and before Election Day, as well as post-election tabulation and audits. We will deliver these results by leveraging decades of expertise in building national security critical systems for the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.
Does your jurisdiction need new a new voting system? The quality and cost of a system will be in heavily influenced by your written Request for Proposals (RFP), which spells out the requirements your vendors must meet. Read on to see our recommendations for the creation of an RFP for election systems.
Is disconnecting from the internet enough to keep a voting system safe from hacking?
HOUSTON CHRONICLE | The drumbeat of election rigging and foreign hacking of voting machines have energized ongoing efforts to develop a new model of digital election equipment designed to produce instantly verifiable results and dual records for security. Election experts say this emerging system, one of three publicly funded voting machine projects across the country, shows potential to help restore confidence in the country’s election infrastructure, most of which hasn’t been updated in more than a decade.
POPULAR SCIENCE | In a contentious election, we can at least agree on one thing: Long polling-place lines are the worst. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommends that election officials track those wait times. But, says Daniel Zimmerman, who is Principled Computer Scientist at the election software company Free & Fair, “poll workers are already overworked.” That’s why he created a tech solution to track the crowds: a DIY device called Qubie.
FORTUNE | In Travis County, Texas, an experiment called the STAR Vote project is in progress to upgrade voting equipment, to make it both secure and technologically advanced. There, a county clerk named Dana DeBeauvoir has spearheaded the development of a new system that not only ensures votes aren’t tampered with, but it enables voters to later check that their ballots have been counted. It also lets independent observers tally votes themselves, in case an audit is necessary, all without breaching anyone’s privacy or fear of tampering.
Transparency is a word that holds a great deal of importance to Free & Fair. After all, we develop and give away open source software. Open source software embodies transparency because anyone can review, audit, contribute, and extend it. The decision to open source our technology was an easy one.
REPORTING TEXAS | News reports about cyberattacks on some state voter registration systems and the Democratic National Committee have stirred up concerns about whether hackers could tamper with voting systems on Election Day. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said her county’s voting machines are secure against tampering, and that the real “hack” is the fear that those incidents have generated about the accuracy of the vote count.
USA TODAY | The impact of Russian hacking on the upcoming presidential election was a topic in Sunday night’s debate, raising the question: Is the U.S. election hackable? Experts say at the national level, no. But there could be individual incidents that undermine faith in the system.