[LINK] Fwd: vip-l: Electoral Commission Seeking Sydney-based people
for user testing [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]
jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Thu Apr 5 10:31:03 EST 2007
This was sent to a list for people with vision impairments. Thought
linkers might be interested in what is going on in the electronic
voting space from the AEC.
>The Australian Electoral Commission is currently undertaking a
>limited trial of accessible Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for
>the upcoming federal election. We are currently looking for Testers
>in Sydney to assist us in evaluating the software providing feedback
>on the usability of the software.
>In mid 2006 the government approved the path forward for the
>development of EVMs to enable blind and vision impaired voters to
>cast a secret and independent vote. The EVMS are to be located at up
>to 30 sites around Australia for the next federal election. The AEC
>has been working with Blindness and Vision Impairment Peak bodies to
>guide the AEC in the development of the software and to provide
>input as to the locations of the EVMs. Key players in this
>* Vision Australia - Michael Simpson
>* Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission - Graeme Innes
>* Australian Federation of Disability Organisations - Maryanne Diamond
>* Blind Citizens Australia - Nadia Mattiazzo
>The user testing will be carried out in Sydney on the 16th and 17th of April.
>The AEC is seeking a range of blind and vision impaired electors who
>are interested to participate in user testing of the electronic
>The AEC will select a representative group of testers, which meet
>the following requirements:
>* Gender balance
>* Age balance
>* Computer Literacy balance
>* Vision ranging from low vision to complete blindness
>If you are interested and available to assist us for an
>approximately 2 hour sit in session on either the 16th or 17th
>April, we would be delighted to hear from you.
>Please also feel free to pass this information on to people you
>think might be interested, but who are not as computer literate.
>Please contact the Australian Electoral Commission on 02 6271 4611
>and leave a message or by email to
>evoting at aec.gov.au
>to register your interest.
>Please note that because we will require a spread of testers who
>meet the different requirements listed above, we may not be able to
>accommodate all respondants to this request.
>* The testing will be held at Citigate Sebel, 28 Albion Street Sydney
>* Staff will be present to welcome, guide you and pay for
>your taxi ride to and from the hotel.
>* A stipend of $60 and cab charges will be available to
>facilitate your attendance.
>* Coffee and tea will be provided
>We look forward to hearing from interested electors
JLWhitaker Associates, Melbourne Victoria
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
'Seed planting is often the most important step. Without the seed,
there is no plant.' - JW, April 2005
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