[Global_chapter_committee] 2012 Speaker Agreement Update

Tom Brennan tomb at owasp.org
Tue Mar 27 13:35:22 UTC 2012


Today OWASP utilizes a Speaker Agreement that outlines the rules for compensation of speakers, required templates, audio/visual, vulnerabilities disclosure and a laundry list of other terms.

The Document:  https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Speaker_Agreement

With the upcoming long list of AppSec<Regional>, AppSec<Global> and chapter events  globally happening weekly enforcement of this policy or event policing of this policy is difficult however the spirit of the speaker agreement in keeping OWASP pure to technical, non-evil presentations is important. For many firms that employee researchers and allow them to present on the company time and include such things as travel and lodging to do so they also have policies.  One of those policies is many times to utilize a standard company slide template while employed with said firm. 

In a attempt to appease the corporate overlords; I want to make a simple suggestion that we modify the template to include the following language and attached logo.   For the new folks...here is a little OWASP History for you in 2008 this agreement was actually put online  by Kate Hartmann and Jeff williams and Myself as we prepared for the AppSecUSA 2008 particularly from the audio video perspective as we were going to video tape it (1st in OWASP History at the time) and had other liability issues around 0-Day disclosure in NYC see edit history: https://www.owasp.org/index.php?title=Speaker_Agreement&action=history and at that event there was only (1) slide deck that was non-compliant by my then employer and friend Jeremiah Grossman as there was not a mac template available <grin>

For your consideration as Conferences and Chapter committees;


Speakers are encouraged to include their contact information when introducing themselves, but may NOT include their logo"

Speakers are encouraged to include their contact information when introducing themselves and may include a company logo and a indicator if there company is a supporting organization of OWASP Foundation and any projects that they are part of"

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If my session includes a presentation, I will use the Conference Template (OWASP Powerpoint template - OWASP Keynote Template (Mac) - OWASP Impress Template (Open-/LibreOffice)) or if required to utilize a company slide template will also include a OWASP logo on each slide (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Marketing#Logos) 


In my opinion now that we have committees that are proxy representatives of the owasp membership globally, this this agreement should be reviewed by effected committees (conferences and chapters) with input from everyone including connections, projects, membership, eduction and modified to meet the growth and spirit of the community to attract the best and brightest speakers in the world and have minimal restrictions.

To continue this review I have put a copy of this full document in the current state in draft/edit more in OWASP googledocs for everyone to review, edit and comment on.


We are a week away from APPSECDC and APPSECAPAC and then events happening all over 2012 worldwide so although I realize nothing is FAST in a democratic rough consensus voting it should not be overly complex to start small and then adjust.

Reference Materials

Other speakers agreements to consider in your review of this motion

1) IEEE - http://www.ieee.org/publications_standards/publications/rights/index.html

2) BlackHat - https://www.blackhat.com/html/bh-dc-11/registration/bh-dc-11-cfp_terms.html

3) Defcon - https://www.defcon.org/html/defcon-19/dc-19-cfp-form.html

Fun Fun... but important to not just have a policy as you would agree.

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