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COMMUNET  December 1994, Week 1

COMMUNET December 1994, Week 1

Subject:

Re: Rolling ... 1Way/Patent

From:

Marilyn Davis <[log in to unmask]>

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Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

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Sun, 4 Dec 1994 00:24:23 -0800

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Tim, thanks for your concerns.  You said:
 
>   unequivocal on this point.  You characterized any attempt on the
>   parts of commercial entities to develop alternative implementations
>   of integrated online debate with voting as not just wrong-headed but
>   wrong-hearted.  Has your approach on this mellowed?  (Look through
 
Developing alternative implementations of integrated online debate
with voting has always been welcome.  There are several
implementations that proceed me.  I'm the copy-cat in that arena.
Actually, eVote has an API precisely to facilitate and proliferate
alternative implementations.
 
Indeed, I am always grateful for any mention of words like "Electronic
Democracy", "Modemocracy", "Electronic Town Hall", ... These words
raise our expectations and they need raising to begin to understand
what is going to happen.
 
The motto: "competition, not cooperation" IS "wrong-headed",
particularly at this point in history.  It is the basis of all war and
hierarchy.
 
But preferring competition to cooperation is only "wrong-hearted" in
that it is not TRULY anyone's essential/real nature.  In your deepest
heart of hearts, you would rather work with me than against me.
 
If the ways of men provide a mechanism for me to bureaucratically
enforce cooperation (a patent), or to at least offer the eVoting
community an opportunity to bureaucratically enforce cooperation, I'll
do the extra work.
 
Cooperation, BTW, is the rule in Unix.  We build on the work of
others, not declare war against it.
 
There are many Unix flavors because the original Unix was
inaccessible.  The proliferation of Unixes has demanded a huge waste
of hard work and talent.  We can't afford more waste.  There's too
much to do.
 
If there was no patent pending, perhaps by now you (or Lotus) would
have copied me, put your marketing genius and big bucks to work and
buried me and my "fantasy".
 
A tautology:
 
    For our *global* voting community, we must have exactly ONE system
    or it is not global.
 
While my pending patent chills direct competition for the honor of
providing the global system, it in no way hinders anything you've ever
indicated interest in doing -- nor has anyone else.
 
The patent application is NOT about vote features, nor about embedding
voting into discussion, but about data-keeping method and
architecture.
 
And, while it chills direct competition for eVote's innards, it
encourages direct competition for your work, i.e., providing vote
features in cyberspace.  It brings the opportunity to develop
experiments in neodemocracy home to the hobbyist.
 
>   Unfolding (a la Chuck's CN5), are cause for deep concern.  Quite
>   frankly, I see your pursuit of these patent rights as motivated not
>   by a desire to better the world but by a desire to occupy a pivotal
>   position of control with respect to the evolution of these ideas.  My
 
It is precisely because I have disinterest in power that I have been
*chosen* for this awesome work.
 
Marilyn
 
Frontier Systems  ---------------------  eVote - online voting software
3790 El Camino Real, #147
Palo Alto, CA 94306 USA                  Marilyn Davis, Ph.D.
(415) 493-3631 --- [log in to unmask] ---  Principal Software Engineer

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