The Hyperledger technical steering committee (TSC) has elected another IBM official as its chair amid controversy over the tech giant’s increased representation on the panel.
Arnaud Le Hors, a senior technical staff member for blockchain and web open technologies at IBM, succeeds Dan Middelton, a principal engineer with Intel, according to an email sent to the TSC mailing list Wednesday.
“I’m happy to have the chair role in good hands,” Middelton wrote to the list.
A year ago Middelton replaced Christopher Ferris, CTO of open technology at IBM, who had chaired the TSC since Hyperledger was founded in 2015.
During the last year, the TSC launched the Diversity, Civility and Inclusion working group, which focuses on diversity broadly but is more focused on demographic rather than corporate diversity, Middelton told CoinDesk in an email.
Over the same period, the consortium has seen more collaboration between projects, like Hyperledger Ursa, a tool that was worked on by developers from Hyperledger’s Indy, Sawtooth and Fabric projects.
When it comes to influencing Hyperledger, code is king, Middleton added.
“The real influence in an open source community like this is contributions,” Middelton said. “I sort of wish that all the effort that went into discussions on the election and all the effort that will go into coming up with complex election rules just went to actual technical development.”
Neither IBM nor Hyperledger was immediately available for comment.
The Hyperledger TSC is responsible for creating working groups to focus on technical issues, approving projects and reviewing updates.
Last week, Hyperledger code contributors elected the TSC for 2019-2020, and the number of IBM employees on the committee doubled,