[Owasp-board] Affilation issue

Jeff Williams jeff.williams at owasp.org
Wed Jun 25 15:30:16 UTC 2008

Hi Kuai,


That's an unfortunate situation, but I think the decision is clear.  I don't
think we should change our policy about associating with for-profit
entities.  Thanks for all the hard work you are doing to make OWASP great.
It's really appreciated.




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From: Kuai Hinojosa [mailto:kuai.hinojosa at owasp.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 5:16 PM
To: jeff.williams at owasp.org
Subject: Affilation issue



Our Minneapolis chapter affiliated with the Upper Midwest Security Alliance
which is composed of the local ISACA, InfraGard and other groups. Before we
affiliated I asked if this UMSA group was a non-profit organization and they
said they were. Now, it turns out that they are not. Even though, they had
confirmed so previously. I said that OWASP can only affiliate with other
non-profit groups as stated by you in previous emails and in the OWASP
website.  They are asking me to check with OWASP founders, if we can make an
exception. I have already told them what the rules are and I want to keep
them that way. I am pro open source and giving others the opportunity and
resources at no cost. I don't really want to contribute to a model where
they are focused on making a profit because I really think it deviates our
purpose and allows vendors to be more influential in decision making.

I have a decision already made but thought I should consult you before
excluding OWASP from these affiliated group.

Thanks for your time. Sincerely,

Kuai Hinojosa
OWASP (MSP) Chapter Leader
OWASP (NYC/NJ) Board member

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