In Reply to: Re: AGA- Conflict of Interest in the go game community (Ing Foundation Fund) posted by B.T. on July 30, 2004 at 00:12:23:
No wonder the E-Journal of AGA has been exclusively promoting the products of Bill Cobbs' company. I understand Bill Cobb is the righthand man of the editor of the E-Journal and a board member of the American Go Association. There is definitely a conflict of interest. The corruption of the AGA is astounding!
: The biggest concern as someone pointed out is the Ing money. The Ing Foundation gives the American Go Association (AGA) $100,000 per year to promote Go. Now with AGA's officers having commercial interests in Go, the money can easily be used to promote their own interests and may even end up in the pockets of the AGA officers. This is absolutely unethical!
: : I am amazed to learn that some AGA officers are
: : setting up their own company in the Go business,
: : went after Yutopian's go game products and even
: : sued them when they refused to give up their rights.
: : How can the AGA be impartial in dealing with the
: : vendors, and how can these AGA officers who have
: : commercial interest delineate between the AGA's
: : interest and that of themselves. I see a
: : serious conflict of interest here.
: : Jonathan 2d*
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