OSI Board Evolution

OSI Board 2019-20

I spent last week in New York at the annual new-inductees face-to-face Board meeting of the Open Source Initiative Board (pictured here – Christine Hall is also a member but was unable to join us). Having spent the last 11 years working on refactoring OSI for a new generation, I had advised the Board in advance that I intended to step down as President to make way for fresh blood. The Board elected Molly de Blanc as the new President and Josh Simmons as Vice President, with Hong Phuc Dang bravely volunteering to be CFO. I agreed to serve as Board Secretary until someone else feels ready to play that role – no later than next April when my term ends.

Powering Potential Expands to Peru

The Open Source Initiative’s first African Affiliate, Powering Potential Inc. (PPI), is pleased to announce a pilot program expansion in Peru of their award-winning solar-powered Raspberry Pi computer labs already enhancing education throughout rural Tanzania, Africa. PPI’s pilot project is placing a computing lab at the San Francisco Rio Itaya School, located in the Amazon region of Iquitos, Peru.

ClearlyDefined Update

It’s been just over a year since the Open Source Initiative approved the proposal for ClearlyDefined to be a project under its organization. So far the project has successfully built a robust software system in collaboration with lots of folks from the community. We wanted to tell you more about what we’ve built so far and how you can get involved with the project.

March 2019 License-Review Summary

In March, the License-Review mailing list saw the retraction of the SSPL from review, and discussed a set of GPLv3 Additional Terms.

The License-Discuss list (summarized at https://opensource.org/LicenseDiscuss032019) was far more active. Among other things, it discussed Van Lindberg's upcoming Cryptographic Autonomy License, and saw extensive discussion about the license review process: whether the conduct of the list is appropriate, whether there might be alternatives to using email, and whether PEP-style summaries would help.

March 2019 License-Discuss Summary

In March, the License-Discuss mailing list discussed:

  • the Cryptographic Autonomy License
    • its interactions with the GDPR
    • how public performance applies to software
  • the License-Review process
    • views on tone and conduct on the list
    • the list's role in the license review process
    • problems with email, and alternative tools
    • whether a PEP-style process might help
  • whether licenses should be drafted without legal assistance
  • and more

Run-off Election Results

After a tie in the 2019 OSI Board of Directors election between Christine Hall, and Mariatta Wijaya, a run-off election was required. The run-off election ran from March 18th, through March 25th, 2019, resulting in a victory for Christine Hall, by a slim margin of only two votes.

Christine Hall, 96
Mariatta Wijaya, 94

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