[Owasp-board] OWASP Foundation / transparency

Dinis Cruz dinis at ddplus.net
Thu Jan 18 12:20:36 UTC 2007


also added this info (with some edits to
http://www.owasp.org/index.php/How_OWASP_Works

When do you guys want to meet to talk about this?

On 1/16/07, Andrew van der Stock <vanderaj at owasp.org> wrote:
>
>  Hi there,
>
> Dinis and I had a discussion on early Monday, discussing the need to
> re-start the transparency process for the OWASP Foundation.
>
> Goals as I see them:
>
>
>    - Transparency
>    - Separation of powers, governance and technical direction
>    - Direct election democracy for board and core by members
>
>
> However, I still would prefer to see –leaders as a meritocracy based upon
> efforts contributed to OWASP.
>
> There are effectively two models we can look at. Dinis asked me to look at
> Wikipedia, and I suggested the *BSD model. What I'd like is for each of us
> to read through the various foundation models, and meet virtually later this
> week so we can discuss which model best suits us.
>
> *Wikipedia
> *
> *http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home
> *
> Wikipedia has an interesting history, where the founder started with a
> select number of trusted friends / lieutenants. This might have been us back
> in 2001 / 2002 when Mark was still around, but no longer. There have been
> recent changes with more elected folks coming on board, so it will be
> interesting to see how the change in leadership affects the Wikipedia
> Foundation long term.
>
> Foundation 501(c)(3) entity with bylaws
>
>    - Board of Trustees, akin to –board. Elected
>    - Officers, nominated by board from its own numbers
>    - Members edit materials
>
>
> As Wikipedia only has two functions (system administration and keeping
> Wikipedia alive) and is not project based, I'm not sure how well this model
> will work for us.
>
> **BSD / Apache
> *
> *http://www.netbsd.org/Foundation/
> http://www.apache.org/foundation/how-it-works.html
> *
> As Apache adopted the *BSD governance model, they are very similar. Apache
> is a very similar project to us in many ways, but with far greater scaling –
> it has > 800 committers and > 50 active projects, > 100 incubated projects.
> Therefore, I think the Apache / *BSD model will work for us with minimal
> changes.
>
> Foundation, a 501(c)(3) entity with bylaws
>    - board (exactly like -board), elected
>    - core (technical direction, no equivalent today), elected
>    - Program Management Committees (akin to -leaders), a meritocracy
>    - Apache - appointed Office bearers (finance, etc), nominated by board.
>
>    - NetBSD runs office bearers as Program Management Committees (finance
> committee, communications committee,etc).
>
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Dinis Cruz
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