By Leslie Ann Aquino
The international source code review of the automated election system (AES) that will be used in the May 2019 midterm elections is now over and the Commission on Elections is now preparing for the “trusted build” process.
Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez explained that the process is the final step in assembling the software system that will be used in the elections.
“The source code review checked out all the various components of the AES, to make sure it all functions as planned and that there are no malicious instructions embedded in the code. After the review, these components are considered ‘trusted’,” he said in a statement.
“Once the components have been reviewed, they are then assembled to create the overall program that will govern the entire AES. This process is called the ‘build’,” Jimenez added.
“Hence, trusted build simply means assembling the program using the reviewed components,” he said.
According to Jimenez, this process is important for the credibility of the system because it provides the assurance that the system is not made from shady components, and that all the components have been properly reviewed and cleared.