Diebold, Champions of Democracy

blackboxvoting.org, the site that has been publishing evidence that Diebold's election machines are trivially riggable, has been shut down, Scientology-style:


Due to a dispute with Diebold, Incorporated, and its wholly owned subsidiary Diebold Election Systems, Inc. (collectively "Diebold"), which is claiming links to certain materials that do not reside on the blackboxvoting.org website constitute copyright infringement, blackboxvoting.org has been temporarily disabled.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause visitors and journalists to the blackboxvoting.org site and hope to have this matter resolved shortly.

Google has a cache. The Wayback Machine does not.

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14 Responses:

  1. mcfnord says:

    it's about the DMCA's "take it down until you prove us wrong" clause.

  2. mcfnord says:

    Go over to Diebold.com. There's a big banner on the front page claiming they defend the Bill of Rights. It's creepy.

  3. The disgusting irony here (as pointed out at dailykos) is that Diebold's site has a flash animation with the following text:

    The Constitution protects our democracy.
    We protect the Constitution.

    The Bill of Rights protects our freedoms.
    We protect the Bill of Rights.

    The Declaration of Independence secured our freedoms.
    We secure the Declaration of Independence.

    "Well, except for that pesky First Amendment."

  4. king_mob says:

    The real irony is that the memos they don't want distributed seem to be evidence of intent to defraud (i.e., that they advertised their voting machines as having capabilities not actually present). By claiming that they're copyrighted, Diebold has confirmed that they're legitimate internal memos! How clever is that?

  5. chromal says:

    Gentlemen, welcome to the future of "democracy." Corporate-controlled polling, the crushing of all dissent.

    Truth is stranger then fiction.

  6. batmite2000 says:

    No wonder these voting system is so easy to hack..
    It's based off of Micro$oft Access .MDB files!!

    I'm sure there is a way to make MDB interfaces more secure, but as we all know Security was never a primary concern for this type of database...


  7. linoleumcp says:

    I fail to see the problem. After all, if they really are that insecure, we're going to see the first ever Libertarian sweep to power, right? Right?

  8. jwz says:

    Entertaining comment by the blackboxvoting.org webmaster on Slashdot.

  9. reddragdiva says:

    So is there a network of mirrors THIS BIG yet? And a handy zip file to put up one's own mirror instantly?

  10. otterley says:

    Why did he disable the whole site? All Diebold asked him to do was to remove a link pointing to an illicitly-run site with proprietary IP owned by them.

    Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill! "They shut me down!" Cry me a fucking river.

  11. Is http://www.blackboxvoting.com related, or just talking about the same thing?

    They're still up...