[Owasp-board] [Owasp-community] IAB Statement on the Trade in Security Technologies

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Sat Jun 20 18:47:16 UTC 2015

I do like the idea of stating what we stand for as a community based on our mission though. I think we can do that and still keep away from lobbying elements. 

> On Jun 20, 2015, at 8:55 AM, Bev Corwin <bevcorwin at gmail.com> wrote:
> +1 - Yes, very true Jim.
>> On Sat, Jun 20, 2015 at 2:38 AM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org> wrote:
>> One of the very few ways we can lose our tax exempt 501(c)3 status - the status of a charity - is to engage in lobbying activities. 
>> These activities are loosely defined, but we have a responsibility to avoid trying to influence legislation at OWASP •if• we wish to maintain our tax exempt status.
>> http://www.irs.gov/Charities-&-Non-Profits/Lobbying
>> It is a core part of the boards fiduciary duty to protect the foundation from losing its tax exempt status. 
>> However, we can as a foundation and as a community still participate in this issue by serving our shared mission with care. Let our sword be open source solutions that help achieve these important security goals. Let our shields be powerful free documentation that helps inform all about application security.
>> Aloha,
>> --
>> Jim Manico
>> @Manicode
>> (808) 652-3805
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