[Owasp-board] Fwd:

Jeff Williams jeff.williams at owasp.org
Tue Dec 16 23:28:28 UTC 2008

This is concerning.  I suggest Kate figure out the facts and then we  
decide how to proceed.


Jeff Williams
Aspect Security
work: 410-707-1487
main: 301-604-4882

Begin forwarded message:

> From: robert.turney at onsecure.com.au
> Date: December 16, 2008 1:25:10 AM EST
> To: owasp at owasp.org

> Hi,
> I would like to discuss some issues we having with the Melbourne OWASP
> chapter recently and how we can recover the chapter.
> Below is a summary of some of the issues we have been having recently:
> 1. In-frequent meetings and scheduled meetings are not held - This  
> year
> there was only 2 chapter meetings which does not meet the min  
> requirements
> in the Chapter Guide or the Members expectations.
> 2. Meetings are often not web-app-sec related and are often Vendor
> presentations.
> 3. No meeting minutes posted (does not meet the min requiremnts in the
> Chapter Guide).
> 4. No discussion of what is happening with OWASP globally / projects
> occurs, nor of the OWASP principles.
> 5. No Chapter Board or committee present (one person makes all the
> decisions for the Chapter)
> 6. Claims have been raised my Members that the Chapter leader has used
> their position (as chapter leader) to gain commercial advantage for  
> the
> company they work for.
> 7. At the request of the previous chapter leader (Serg) a majority  
> of the
> members preference are for after hours meetings - this discussion  
> has been
> "over-written" by the Chapter leader who will be holding the next  
> three
> meetings during lunch hours.
> 8. The venue has also been a topic of discussion as not being vendor
> independent and not offering after hours access (possible reason for  
> lunch
> meetings?), nor does it offer anonymous attendance. There have been  
> other
> alternative venues offered by members, which may be more suitable.
> In summary, I do not feel that the Melbourne OWASP Chapter members are
> benefiting at all from the current leadership - other members have  
> also
> expressed this opinion.
> I would really like to see the Melbourne Chapter live up to it's  
> potential
> but for this to occur we may need a change of leadership. What do you
> suggest the Melbourne Chapter members can do to resolve this issue?
> I know several people who are willing to put in the time to run the
> Chapter including myself.
> Regards,
> Robert Turney
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