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Tue, 25 Jun 2013

IRS was targeting "open source" groups

Something popped out at me while reading a news article about the IRS yesterday. According to a New York Times article:

The acting I.R.S. commissioner, Daniel I. Werfel, formally ordered an end to all such "lookout" lists on Monday when he issued an assessment of the controversy that has led to harsh criticism of the nation's tax collector.
But groups with no political inclinations were also examined. "Open source software" organizations seeking nonprofit status "are usually for-profit business or for-profit support technicians of the software," a lookout list warns. "If you see a case, elevate it to your manager."

So the news has been saying the IRS was specifically targeting "Tea party" groups. Then we learned recently that it has been targeting "Occupy" groups. Now we find out it has been targeting open source as well.

I submitted this to Hacker News, but someone took the title of the article I made and turned it into something irrelevant to open source.

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