[Owasp-board] Membership Policy and "Open"

Josh Sokol josh.sokol at owasp.org
Thu Feb 20 15:48:04 UTC 2014

In addition, the Chapter Leader Handbook (
says that "As long as the meeting is free and open and doesn't violate
other OWASP principals, a vendor's office space may be a great location to
hold a meeting."  I'm willing to be there is other material in there as
well that indicates that meetings should be open to all.

I'm not sure how I feel about this btw.  I completely understand the
context, but when your entire organization is founded on and preaches the
concept of being free and open to everyone, changing that is a pretty
significant change in direction, no matter what the catalyst is.


On Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 9:27 AM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:

> Board,
> I would like to revisit our mission statement and membership policy at the
> next board meeting if not sooner.
> Our mission statement says "everyone is free to participate in OWASP" (
> http://www.owasp.org) and the Membership Revocation Policy says "A
> revoked member IS permitted to attend OWASP meetings as they are open and
> free by design." (https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Membership_Revocation)
> I move that we change this. There are situations when OWASP meetings are
> held at private companies with a limit to how many people can attend, and
> certain folks wishing to attend may not be allowed to due to that
> constraint. I would also like to consider changing the membership
> revocation policy.
> This is an incredibly difficult issue messing with the core of OWASP. I I
> could be completely wrong here and ask for your help in this matter.
> Thank you,
> Jim Manico
> OWASP 2x4 Member
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