[Osmf-talk] Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT US Inc) in the OpenStreetMap Foundation

Michael Reichert nakaner at gmx.net
Tue Nov 24 23:34:58 UTC 2015

Hi Nicolas,

Am 2015-11-24 um 23:56 schrieb nicolas chavent:
> This short note (also published in my diary [1]) to draw your
> attention on the danger for OSMF (and the OSM project) in the case the
> United States NGO "Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team US Inc" (aka HOT US
> Inc) got a majority at the OSMF Board after this 2015 election.
> Mikel Maron, Joseph Reeves and Yantisa Akhadi, all members of the NGO
> HOT US Inc, are running for the OSMF Board [2]; Kate Chapman, the
> former ED of HOT US Inc serves already as Board Officer in OSMF.
> Shall Mikel Maron, Joseph Reeves and Yantisa Akhadi be elected, HOT US
> Inc will get a majority at the Board of the Foundation.
> This will provide a single organization of the OSM ecosystem (HOT US
> Inc) with an unprecedented and excessive power of influence over the
> Foundation.

Thank you for mentioning this conflict of interest. I agree with you
that no (sub-)community should have the majority at OSMF board.

Reading your mail I have got the impression that HOT US Inc. is a
business nowadays. Is that right? If it were so, that would mean that a
HOT majority is as bad as if four board members would be employed at one
and the same company.

You write at your osm.org user page:
> Co-creator and co-founder of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
> (HOT) Project.

Combining your relation to HOT and your HOT-critical posting, I got the
impression that there is a breakup between you and the US-based HOT
people, isn't it?

Best regards


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