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Re: Debian contributor Register of Interests

Jonathan Dowland  <jmtd@debian.org> wrote:
> However in the interests of transparency I feel that a voluntary,
> opt-in "Register of Interests" is a good idea for the project. I feel
> that such a list (populated) would demonstrate the transparency and
> openness that are part of our project's values.

I think this is a good idea.

>> This is a voluntary, opt-in register of Debian contributor's "Interests"
>> (such as: employer).

It would be a good idea to make an annex, giving a list of kinds of
"interest" that do not need to be mentioned; and ones that should be

Things that are _not_ interests worthy of disclosure:

  * Holding positions of responsibility within the Debian project,
    or a Debian Trusted Organisation

  * Involvement with political parties (even ones focusing on
    technology or information rights)

  * Using Debian or one of its derivatives, on one's personal

  * Holding positions of responsibility in Free Software projects,
    other than positions of financial responsibility for projects with
    assets or annual income of more than Eur1,000.

  * Mere membership of charities, pressure groups, industry
    associations, etc.

Things that _are_ interests worthy of disclosure:

  * Being paid to work on Debian

  * Being paid to work on hardware that Debian runs on or might run on

  * Being in a position of influence or authority regarding technology
    purchasing decisions.  Exceptions: your own personal purchasing
    and that of your household and your friends; Debian and Debian's
    TOs.; spends of less than Eur1,000 per year.

  * Holding a formal position of influence or authority in charities,
    pressure groups or industry associations which relate to software
    or computing hardware, information rights, or state-granted
    information monopolies ("intellectual property").

I would like to settle the boundaries before we start populating the

>> || '''User''' || '''Interest''' || '''From''' || '''Until''' ||
>> || JonDowland || Red Hat || 2015 || - ||

The list should have a date at which the user's entry was last
updated and signed off by them as complete.


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