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Kapor quits board of Groove Networks

Local software legend Mitch Kapor won’t confirm or deny a published report that he quit the board of Beverly-based Groove Networks Inc. because of its involvement in a program that could help the federal government analyze personal information about millions of Americans. ”I’ve stepped down off of multiple boards over the past couple of years,” Kapor said yesterday. Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp., added that he had long intended to resign from the Groove board in order to pursue his interest in producing free open-source software. ”I think I can be most effective at this point in my career focusing on open-source projects,” Kapor said. But according to a report in The New York Times yesterday, Kapor left after learning that Groove’s peer-to-peer information-sharing software is being used in the federal government’s controversial Total Information Awareness (TIA) program. Full Story

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