Mitch Kapor Quits Board Of Groove After Finding Out It Was Being Used By The TIA

from the stand-by-your-ideals dept

Mitch Kapor is known for standing up for what he believes in. He was, after all, one of the founders of the EFF. The NY Times is reporting that Kapor was so upset to find out that the Total Information Awareness group was using Groove’s products that he quit the board of the company. If that’s the case, then it’s good to see someone on a board somewhere stand up for their principles. Of course, I wonder if there’s more to it. There is certainly the possibility that Kapor’s latest venture (even if it is non-profit) to build an “Outlook Killer” product, could eventually compete with Groove’s offerings. Update: has their own version of the story that doesn’t require registration.

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Tim (user link) says:

Such a cynic

Mike, you are such a cynic 🙂
Do you remember at Supernova where Mike Helfrich was talking about how the intelligence community had discovered the advantages of decentralization, and was a big customer (more on this) of Groove?
If one was a conspiracy theorist, you could posit that Kapor knew then.
However, until proven otherwise, I’ll believe that the story is as Markoff wrote it.

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