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

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Sat Jun 20 18:55:51 UTC 2015

That is fair Michael. 

But I do want to warn the community that this is a slippery slope, we are being watched, and trying to influence legislation is one of the few ways OWASP can lose it's charitable status. And if that happens, the debate about what to do with our funds will quickly change for the worse.

Jim Manico

> On Jun 20, 2015, at 8:47 AM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org> wrote:
> 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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