Paying Tomasz Wasilczyk for security improvements

Evan D. Schoenberg, M.D. evan at
Wed Feb 20 21:48:04 EST 2013

On Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM, Ethan Blanton wrote:

> Evan D. Schoenberg, M.D. spake unto us the following wisdom:
> > I don't see why Google would use a credit card to make this donation.
> > Why not an electronic funds transfer to the IMF checking account (no
> > fees) or a physical check in the mail ($0.46 plus a fraction of a cent
> > for a check)?
> >  
> Google did not specify; it was made clear that corporate credit card
> was the preferred method, however. It is possible that the funds are
> originating from Google UK, and perhaps that has something to do with
> it. Our own (IMF) experiences with international wires have been ...
> not good.

Hm. Can't argue with the person/group wanting to throw $10k at a problem, I suppose, especially since it was indicated they will contribute extra to cover fees to some extent…

…I agree with Ethan's earlier comments, and regardless of the financial specifics (within the < $300 range described) see this as a definite win-win, with minimal expenditure of IMF funds and great potential gains for the libpurple library.   

Separate issue for discussion which this raises is whether some portion of IMF funds might be well apportioned to funding bounties (e.g. via for other open source IM security initiatives.   

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