[Osmf-talk] Microgrants conflict of interest: an apology

Pete Masters pedrito1414 at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 2 19:50:30 UTC 2021

Hi Simon, do you mind clarifying the PS? I'm not sure what it refers to....



On Tue, 2 Feb 2021, 16:02 Simon Poole, <simon at poole.ch> wrote:

> Am 02.02.2021 um 16:24 schrieb Rory McCann:
> > On Tue, 02 Feb 2021 15:44, Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch> wrote:
> >> Well better late than never, but naturally the damage has already been
> >> done given that it wasn't exactly secret that grants had gone to groups
> >> with close ties to the board.
> > Huh? how do you mean “close ties”? OSM is small in some ways. It wasn't
> obvious to me at the time of the vote that there were CoI issues.
> Well to some it was glaringly obvious.
> >> The amazing thing though, is not that there are people seeking grants
> >> which would cause CoIs with board members, but that such requests were,
> >> and continue to be, permitted applications. They should have never been,
> >> I will share the blame in not noticing that appropriate rules were
> >> missing way back, allowed in the first place.
> > We're going to require that applicants do the work of telling us of
> potentional CoIs with the board so we don't have to do the work.
> >
> > Surely if full CoI rules were followed it shouldn't matter if someone
> close applies, because no-one close will vote. right? In theory it would be
> the same as if the relevant board member wasn't on the board.
> I would agree if we are talking about normal contracts etc., however the
> micro-grants scheme is a competitive bidding process in which the
> applicants are competing with each other and clearly stricter rules,
> providing a level playing field, should apply. As everywhere else that I
> know of for similar competitions.
> So, no close relatives in the micro-grant committee, OSMF "contractors"
> and board, and no involvement of individuals of those three groups in
> the applicants project. We are not just talking about direct CoIs here,
> close links to all three groups will have the potential to influence the
> decisions, if not actually, so definitely in appearance.
> Simon
> PS: if the rules get changed and if there is a next time: could the the
> ridiculous unequal treatment of people that sold their time and got to
> keep the funds vs. those that didn't charge for their time be addressed?
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