+ Slide 27

Part of a talk delivered to the ITU Workshop on ... issues in E-Government, June 6, 2003, Geneva
by Douglas W. Jones
THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA Department of Computer Science


Weaknesses of the System in the United States

Weak State Regulations


FEC/NASED standards are supposed to be minimum standards

    Most states are reluctant to set any higher standard

Most state boards of examiners are small with few resources

    3 people on Iowa board
    each examination in Iowa expected to take one day

States hesitate to demand access to proprietary information

    in Iowa, we get test authority reports
    in Iowa, we do not get any source code
    in Georgia, they get source code

Some automatically accept any FEC/NASED certified system

    in Iowa, we have refused several


Diversity offers some protection

    50 weak states, combined, may have some strength

    But there is little evidence of meaningful diversity