[fosscomm] status of individuals

Guru गुरु guru at itforchange.net
Sun Jul 12 20:24:16 PDT 2009


As per the discussions in Bangalore, FOSSCOMM will have both individual 
and institutional members. This was not changed subsequently, hence 
should remain so. Individuals should also suggest if their 
organizational affiliation can be mentioned alongside their name.

 From a strategic view point, it may make sense to show organizations 
and individuals separately in the list (with appropriate title - List of 
organizations and List of Individuals) that will come below the statement.


Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:
> Hi,
> the majority of the foss community are individuals who are not part of nor 
> represent organisations. For example, the only two registered LUGs in India 
> are Delhi and Pune. All the rest are neither registered bodies nor are likely 
> to be registered in the near future. As such, no one can 'represent' them. 
> Further there are large numbers of people who do not belong to these bodies at 
> all but are still active in the community. Take me, I am a 'member' of several 
> LUGs in the sense that I take active part in their activities, but cannot 
> represent them - no one can represent them, so they cannot be part of 
> FOSSCOMM. At the most these LUGs can encourage their members to support 
> FOSSCOMM initiatives. I work for NRC-FOSS which again is not a legal entity as 
> it is a DIT project - and DIT is not going to join FOSSCOMM. Obviously 
> FOSSCOMM will have to have both individual and organisational members.
> As an individual, I support the letter - but can only show my support if the 
> concept of having individual members is accepted.

Gurumurthy Kasinathan
IT for Change
Bridging Development Realities and Technological Possibilities
Tel:98454 37730
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