Special Committee on Takeover Protection

From OpenStreetMap Foundation


The OSM Foundation board on 28 July 2021 appointed Andy Allan and Michael Collinson to the special committee on takeover protection.


The committee's remit is to recruit additional members and investigate, then recommend to the Board, possible remedies to any potential threat of a hostile takeover of the OpenStreetMap Foundation. The remit includes but is not limited to specific attention to paid voting as mandated by the Foundation membership at the 2020 annual general meeting.

About special committees

Board rules of order:

6. Special committees are formed to deal with backlog and future Board action items in an expeditious manner, by studying and recommending actions on issues, or to handle a time delimited set of topics. They are not standing Committees, but deal with a delimited set of tasks.
7. A special committee is proposed and approved or rejected by the Board. A proposal includes a list of the specific tasks the special committee will undertake, and when it will report back to the Board.
8. The work of a special committee is initiated by a board member. Other board members, members of the Foundation and community may be invited to the special committee if deemed helpful and appropriate. The chair may be anyone sitting on the special committee.