OPEN SOURCE ELECTION TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Voting Technology Transparency, Now!

aka OSET INSTITUTE   |   Palo Alto, CA   |  www.osetinstitute.org

Mission

The OSET (“Oh-Set”) Institute is chartered with research & development in public election technology innovation. The Institute’s flagship effort, the TrustTheVote Project is developing a publicly-owned higher integrity, lower cost, easier to use election administration platform freely available for any state to adapt and deploy. There is serious lack of innovation in election technology causing persistent issues of verifiability, accuracy, security, and transparency, as well as accessibility, ease and convenience for voters. The Project works closely with election officials worldwide. OSET is innovating all aspects of election systems from voter registration to ballot design & generation, poll books, casting, counting, results reporting and audit.

Notes from the nonprofit

We've been through and survived some lean years in a hyper-competitive environment for philanthropic funding. 2021 brought us our first grant with a value in excess of $1M and we anticipate continued growth. While this funding is directed primarily to continuing our development of public voting technology, in this case development of ballot marking technology for the disability community, this grant also enables us to improve our operational infrastructure. That means more resources to manage public relations, reporting, and ensuring maximum transparency for our work. Our mission and work are highly unique--building the people's voting system. Election technology that is verifiable, accurate, secure, and transparent has become a matter of national security, and a moral imperative in defense of our democracy. We'd love to hear from you; please get in touch with us to learn more and see our 2020 Annual Review at: https://bit.ly/OSET2020R (2021 coming soon). Thanks for your interest.

Ruling year info

2013

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Gregory Miller

Chief Technology Officer

Mr. John Sebes

Main address

530 Lytton Ave Fl 2 c/o Gregory A Miller

Palo Alto, CA 94301 USA

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Formerly known as

Open Source Digital Voting Foundation

EIN

20-8743186

NTEE code info

Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services N.E.C. (U99)

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TrustTheVote Project

The OSET Institute’s fiscally sponsored TrustTheVote Project’s is the Institute's primary software research and development initiative, and building "ElectOS." In a very rough metaphor, ElectOS is for voting machinery as Android is for mobile computing devices (but far more secure). ElectOS is not about Internet Voting. ElectOS is a public election technology infrastructure encompassing all aspects of election administration including: voter registration and voter services; ballot creation and distribution; election management services; ballot casting, printing, counting, tally and tabulation; election results reporting; and deep election analytics, and includes breakthrough security technology in trusted boot with hardware attestation. This public benefit technology will be freely available to help improve the security and integrity of election administration, lower costs, improve usability, and can help maximize participation by citizens in their civic duty and civil right of free and fair elections. This technology will help election jurisdictions nationwide in the U.S. and for all democracies globally.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Launching in December 2021 in time for the 2022 election cycle, the Dead Men Don't Vote podcast will be a valuable educational tool to inform the public on how election administration in the U.S. actually works. Bi-monthly episodes feature both marquee thought-leader interviews to discuss the most pressing issues in election administration, security, integrity, and trust; and group discussions of the point-counterpoint nature to examine the tough and sometimes controversial issues about election access, integrity and security. The goal of the podcast is to increase confidence in elections and their outcomes in defense of democracy as a matter of national security, which reflects the OSET Institute mission.

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Adults
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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The ultimate success of the OSET Foundation and the TrustTheVote Project means causing historical change in the machinery of elections, in a massively scalable manner, that demonstratively and markedly improves the mandate of trustworthy elections: the highest possible assurance of verifiability, accuracy, security, and transparency.

We are guided by 4 (four) strategic principles reduced to practice in our flagship effort, the TrustTheVote Project working on the front lines of electoral technology and process reform:
1. Catalyze transformational innovation in the critical democracy infrastructure of elections administration and voting.
2. Pursue an audacious agenda, think big, be willing to take aggressive risks and conduct all efforts in a goal-oriented manner.
3. Apply proactive approaches to the work that engage elections stakeholders in meaningful ways with measurable impact.
4. Solve the challenges of elections administration and voting by inventing applications, devices, and services that people can see, touch, and try, and which bring ease, convenience, and even delight to the experience of administering, conducting, and for citizens, participating in the electoral processes of American democracy in a digital age

We have honed an architecture and engineered a truly innovative next generation election technology framework; started to build important framework components; made great headway in voter registration services and catalyzed a lot of activity in open elections data standards. With all of that as a base, we are increasing our efforts in developing the critical components of casting and counting ballots. In short, we have built lots of open source software for the benefit of elections officials and voters to date, with administrative components already in production, others in prototype or experimentation and testing, with much more to come.

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Board of directors
as of 02/15/2022
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Board chair

Gregory Miller

OSET Institute, Inc.

Term: 2022 - 2026

Peter Harter

Farrington Group LLC

Gunnar Hellekson

Christopher Kelly

Stacy Paynter

Edgard Quiroz

Edward Sebes

OSET Institute, Inc.

John Gage

William Crowell

Alsop Louie Partners

Cameron Quinn

Edward Perez

Twitter, Inc.

Gregory Miller

OSET Institute, Inc.

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No