[Owasp-board] [Governance] OWASP statement on security: your opinion? - until Monday 14:00 CST

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Thu Jan 30 01:48:33 UTC 2014

Thanks for your thoughts. Looks like we have different opinions of the
situation. I'm happy with Tobias's work and the response from the community
has been positive.

On Jan 29, 2014 4:21 PM, "Christian Heinrich" <christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au>

> Michael,
> On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM, Michael Coates
> <michael.coates at owasp.org> wrote:
> > I followed up with the author to clarify the situation. But we certainly
> > don't proof any articles - people can write what they want. It's good
> > visibility and the title can be a bit misleading, such is life though.
> Any PR professional will tell you to never directly issue a
> clarification to a journalist, it's best to say nothing because it
> would be taken as offence by the journalist who will make the article
> "a more personal attack" against OWASP next time.
> Any clarification that "Jwiley3" provided as an independent third
> party would have been lost once Michael also issued a clarification.
> But tell me has the journalist amended the title of the article since
> you issued the clarification? No
> I see the fallout has continued:
> https://twitter.com/jfpaschke/status/428530984825278464
> https://twitter.com/tarmerding2/status/428537510419914752
> I would recommend that Eoin deist from having any further "on the
> record" interviews with Steve Ragan.  Rather, in the future OWASP
> provide any journalist with a prepared quote (and associated mailing
> list) which is also published well in advance (and timestamped) of
> their article so any misquotes are identifiable from the onset.
> OWASP should have just silently postponed the training till RSA
> Conference 2015 and yet now OWASP is perceived as a hypocrite which I
> predicted would occur.
> I am also yet to locate a news outlet quoting the OWASP press release
> prepared by Tobias.  I don't need to issue a response to this right
> now because it will be drown in the fallout with RSA Conference.
> It may be in my interest to "refresh" the webappsec community of the
> errors in Tobias' PR after the RSA Conference but this depends on my
> ongoing discussion with Josh Sokol, which I will admit has been the
> most positive action the OWASP Board has ever undertaken in resolving
> my issue in addition to the candid apology I received from Eoin.
> --
> Regards,
> Christian Heinrich
> http://cmlh.id.au/contact
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