How did the reputation of the voting machines go from perfect solution to conspiracy theory? This is a story that needs to be told so that we can understand all the elements of this public relations disaster.
I want to write a book about the public relations of the voting machine controversy and I am using Kickstarter to raise money. Kickstarter is a crowdsourcing site.
My book will deal only with the PR aspect, not the technical. The article I wrote for The Daily Dog will give you a sense of my approach.
This is NOT just an American story. One of the interesting aspects of this story is the way stories in the European press were picked up by American activists and were linked on American blogs. Controversies about the use on machines in European elections found their way to US based discussion forums such as Slashdot.
The way this works is I have an alloted time to raise the $30,000 it will take to write this book. Funders will make pledges, if the money is not raised no one pays. But I am taking the optimistic view that when the money is raised everyone will pay what they pledged.
This is a unique story in the history of technology PR and I think telling it will have many lessons for future such controversies.