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Our Mission & Organization

About Open Source Election Technology

Has a nice sound, doesn’t it?  But it’s more than just a sound bite.  Its real stuff people can see, touch, and try.  And here is why.

The OSET Institute is all about making elections software technology publicly available in order to increase verification, accuracy, security, and transparency (in process), and ensure that ballots are counted as cast.  The work is all about integrity in elections.

The OSET Institute was established in November 2006 by a couple of concerned technologists in the Silicon Valley as a California non-profit corporation dedicated to the public benefit.  Originally, and until 2013 the organization was known legally as the Open Source Digital Voting (“OSDV”) Foundation and its name evolved in October 2013 following the IRS final determination of our tax-exempt status after a record-breaking six (6) year prosecution of our status application.  Foundation is now becoming "Institute" to reflect the reality that we are focused on education, development and research of election technology innovation (and actually, we are not a grant making organization.)  You can learn some more about our history here.


About Our Mission

The mission of OSET, a nonprofit election technology research institute, is to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes in order to preserve the operational continuity of democracy worldwide, and because everyone deserves a better voting experience.  These principles guide our work.

The result, ElectOS, is emerging as a Framework of public election technology freely available for any jurisdiction to adopt, adapt, and deploy forelections.  

We use the principles of open source development and high assurance systems in a meritocratic environment at the TrustTheVote Project.  

This is an imperative project to ensure integrity and restore trust in our public elections, and reduce if not eliminate the troubles with voting machinery.  

Here’s the thing: The means by which we cast and count our ballots is tantamount to "critical democracy infrastructure" and as such cannot be a black box.  And success of this project can restore trust in how America votes.


About Our Organization

The OSET Foundation is a California non-profit corporation exempt from Federal income taxation under IRC Section 501(c)(3).  A Board of Directors governs the Foundation.

Board of Directors

Advisers

  • Adam Ambrogi, Democracy Fund
  • Chris Barr, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Deborah Bryant, Redhat
  • Aneesh Chopra, Former U.S. CTO; NavHealth
  • Dr. Taher Elgamal, SalesForce.com
  • Joseph Hall, Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Phil Keisling, Former Oregon State Secretary
  • Doug Maughan, DHS Cybersecurity Directorate
  • Lenny Mendonca, Former McKinsey & Co., Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
  • Simon Rosenberg, NDN.org
  • Barbara Simons, Former IBM
  • Stephanie Singer, Former City Commissioner, Philadelphia, PA
  • Heather Smith, Rock The Vote
  • Bryan Sivak, Former CTO, DHHS
  • Cameron Quinn, Former Registrar Fairfax County, VA
  • David Webber, Oracle

A Stakeholder community comprised of a number of different constituent categories guides our work.  The majority of stakeholders are state and local elections officials—those who stand to directly benefit from the results of our work.  

We utilize a process equivalent to that of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) called “Request for Comments” (or “RFC”).  We maintain an RFC Library online and this serves as our primary communications means with our stakeholders. Here is an example RFC.  Stakeholders (or anyone) can read, review, and comment on our design work and help us refine and tune it to their exacting specifications.

More information can be found in our Public Documents section of this site.  And more information is available on our Brief History section and in our Public Relations section.

Gregory Miller


Gregory Miller


Gregory A. Miller

Gregory is one of two co-founders and Chief Development Officer for the U.S. based Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute, a non-profit 501.c.3 public benefit corporation headquartered in the Silicon Valley.  He leads all aspects of the Institute's resource development, corporate partner R&D alliances, public outreach, election official stakeholder relations, and government and legal affairs.  OSET is an election technology research and development institute working with elections officials across the country to create publicly available election technology to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes and because we all deserve a better voting experience.  The mission is simple: increase integrity; improve turnout; and lower taxpayer cost.  The strategy is delivery.  To do this, the Institute is tackling the lack of verifiable, accurate, secure and transparent publicly available election technology primarily in the U.S., but with intentions of global availability.  The Institute's flagship effort – known as the TrustTheVote Project – is designing and building a next-generation “democracy operating system” called “ElectOS” to serve as a draft standard for critical democracy infrastructure. All software is freely available to any jurisdiction to adopt, adapt, and deploy—most likely through a commercial systems integrator.

Mr. Miller has 30+ years of technical and business experience in computer and information technology.  Coming from the world of venture capital, Gregory co-founded the OSET Institute in November 2006.  He is a trained computer scientist, with graduate business education, and a law degree focused on intellectual property, technology law, and public policy.  Greg’s technical background includes user interface design, object-oriented software development, TCP/IP networking, and distributed systems.  Greg is also active in the American Bar Association addressing technology law and public policy issues, including Cyberlaw, Information Privacy & Security, and Internet Governance.  Greg is also a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee, and a sustaining member of the Internet Society.  Mr. Miller also served on the San Francisco Voting Systems Task Force from 2010-2012.

You may wish to read a manifesto of sorts authored by Greg and co-founder and CTO, John Sebes here.

E. John Sebes


E. John Sebes


E. John Sebes

John is one of two co-founders and Chief Technology Officer ("CTO") for the U.S. based Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Institute, a non-profit 501.c.3 public benefit corporation headquartered in the Silicon Valley.  He leads all aspects of technology strategy, vision, architecture, engineering and development for the TrustTheVote Project – the flagship effort of the Institute.  

OSET is an election technology research and development institute working with elections officials across the country to create publicly available election technology to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes and because we all deserve a better voting experience.  The mission is simple: increase integrity; improve turnout; and lower taxpayer cost.  The strategy is delivery.  To do this, the Institute is tackling the lack of verifiable, accurate, secure and transparent publicly available election technology primarily in the U.S., but with intentions of global availability.  The Institute’s flagship effort – known as the TrustTheVote Project – is designing and building a next-generation “democracy operating system” called “ElectOS” to serve as a draft standard for critical democracy infrastructure. All software is freely available to any jurisdiction to adopt, adapt, and deploy—most likely through a commercial systems integrator.

Prior to the TrustTheVote Project, He’s been a software developer, technical consultant, and CTO, working in several areas - network infrastructure, application frameworks, embedded systems, critical infrastructure, datacenter operations - with strong common themes of risk management, security, privacy, and reliability. Innovation and tech transfer have been another consistent theme, in settings as varied as government-funded R&D, venture-backed start-ups, professional services, academia, and non-profits.

For parts of his career, John provided independent consulting services related to information security and IT operations assurance, for a variety of organizations ranging from technology start-ups and venture capital firms to major government agencies and established financial services firms. At other times, John has been a Principal Investigator in R&D projects, ranging from DARPA projects performed in the pre-web era, to recent work with DHS on open source security technology. He has been working in the non-profit world with a focus on election technology for nearly a decade, partly from a desire to do public service with his professional skills, and partly because it is a surprisingly good fit for several seemingly disparate parts of John’s work history and interests. 

Previously CTO at Solidcore Systems, Inc.; VP Strategy at Securify; Technology Officer of Network Associates Labs; and variety of consulting, development, and R&D management roles at commercial InfoSec pioneer Trusted Information Systems.

John is a co-author of 12 patents and 20+ publications