[Foundation-l] EFF & Bitcoins

MZMcBride z at mzmcbride.com
Wed Jun 22 16:25:48 UTC 2011

Ting Chen wrote:
> Am 21.06.2011 18:15, schrieb MZMcBride:
>> Thomas Morton wrote:
>>> As a follow up to the discussion about Bitcoins (during the board elections)
>>> &  accepting them as donations... I thought this article by the EFF
>>> explaining why they no longer accept BC sets out some interesting
>>> arguments: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/06/eff-and-bitcoin
>> Related: if you're interested in buying a Wikimedia Board seat, I believe it
>> costs about $2 million (USD only, I think).
> This statement is such a lie that I cannot let it stay here unresponded.
> You imply the board seat of Matt Halprin. Matt had long left Omidyar, if
> his board seat was bought, we had had to chose someone else from that
> Foundation to replace him. As we had explained before many times, Matt
> is on the board only because his skill and knowledge on board governance.

Sorry, I don't follow.

> Matt had long left Omidyar.

That's not true, Ting. From Wikimedia's press release:

> Omidyar Network today announced a grant of up to $2 million over two years
> to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates
> Wikipedia, one of the world¹s top 5 most visited websites. The Wikimedia
> Foundation has also appointed Matt Halprin, a partner at Omidyar Network, to
> its Board of Trustees.


I think some of your message got lost in translation, as the suggestion that
Mr. Halprin had left Omidyar before joining the Wikimedia Board doesn't seem
to be supported by any sources. (Mr. Halprin's own online CV has him as a
partner at Omidyar from July 2008 to October 2010.)

I don't recall many reasonable people disagreeing in 2009 that this was a
purchased Board seat. Nobody even bothered trying to make it seem as though
these two events (the $2 million donation and the seat appointment) were
unconnected. There was one press release.

Can you clarify what you meant?


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