I think the point is being confused by our lack of agreement about terminology. A backdoor isn’t the same thing as a conflict of interest which isn’t the same thing as unfair advantage.
When you say “backdoor” most people are going to think you mean “… a method, often secret, of bypassing normal authentication or encryption in a computer system, a product, or an embedded device (e.g. a home router), or its embodiment, e.g. as part of a cryptosystem, an algorithm, a chipset, or a “homunculus computer” (such as that as found in Intel’s AMT technology). Backdoors are often used for securing remote access to a computer, or obtaining access to plaintext in cryptographic systems.” Wikipedia
That’s certainly how I interpreted it and hence my answer.
As for conflict of interest, there are several places where a conflict of interest is possible and we’re trying to be public about those. I have no relationship with Evernym, financial or otherwise. Similarly for 10 of the 12 board members who are not Evernym employees. The two who are not allowed to vote on issues that impact the relationship between Evernym and Sovrin.
My only interest in Evernym’s success is to the extent it impacts the success of Sovrin itself. At present that is admittedly large…too large. We have an active program to reduce Sovrin’s dependence on Evernym. That isn’t something that can happen overnight, but is our plan and strategy.
As for unfair competitive advantage, that’s always a problem when one company has outsized influence. The best way to deal with it is to reduce the influence which, as I’ve stated above, we’re working to do.
Others can help by getting involved in the open source projects, joining working groups, and continuing to work with us as we move toward complete autonomy. If we were actively working to protect or extend Evernym’s influence over Sovrin, then such efforts would be a waste of time. But we are sincerely working to make Sovrin independent. So, anything you can do yo help will help and we’d be grateful for it.