[Owasp-board] Funding and Iran follow up

johanna curiel curiel johanna.curiel at owasp.org
Mon Sep 5 13:38:04 UTC 2016

Board members

Any news regarding the position of OWASP with regards the Iran project

Please let us know



On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 10:04 AM, johanna curiel curiel <
johanna.curiel at owasp.org> wrote:

> Board members,
> The following issues was mentioned during the board meeting yesterday:
> "Projects, Funding and Iran - Matt Tesauro & Claudia Casanovas
> We have several projects with leaders or co-leaders located in Iran. This
> makes funding those projects problematic due to the OWASP Foundation being
> a US charity and the economic sanctions imposed by the US. For background,
> see the US Dept of State Iran Sanction site
> <http://www.state.gov/e/eb/tfs/spi/iran/index.htm>. Details of the
> projects in question are in the Projects Report for this month, slide 5
> <https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/16III5sOo06KLyjdG2HEa7cA8hOSf9SKsuWbzbgD467s/edit?ts=57bc81b8#slide=id.g112855a4f6_0_14>.
> S*ince any funding of activities in Iran represents a risk to the
> Foundation, the staff is asking for the board to determine how the
> Foundation will interact with any community members or project leaders
> which are located in Iran*"
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/August_23,_2016
> Now that this issue has been raised after some many years having a Project
> Leader from Iran (Abbas Naderi) and even a project leader that was
> considered to be part of the board and was a board candidate, I'm
> requesting a clarification and solution, meaning that once you have raised
> this subject , the situation should be clarified asap.
> I did consult a lawyer but he mentioned that in this case, being OWASP a
> US non-profit foundation, to consult a lawyer knowledgeable in these
> matters, not just any lawyer.
> So far, none of the Iranian leaders have received any goods or financial
> support from OWASP. There is no commercial exchange between Iranian leaders
> and OWASP, however, the restrictions go so far including exchange of
> services or goods, or any kind of financial support, such as , sponsoring.
> In this case, many of the support/services provided by OWASP, could be seen
> as an exchange of services.
> I'm not a lawyer and since we are talking about a very specific situation,
> OWASP needs to define this situation asap because the consequences for
> OWASP can be quite big.
> *One of the project that I co-lead, is technically nor can be considered a
> 'Iranian' project, so please let's not call it that way. The Projects are
> not from Iran, the projects are open source, anyone can reach them and they
> are co-lead/lead by some one from Iran.So please, correct this naming that
> bring confusion and the wrong tone to this issue.*
> Given this situation, it is clear that OWASP requires the advice of a
> knowledgeable lawyer specialised in these cases, considering also that some
> of the sanctions have been lifted and what that means for OWASP if provides
> support of goods or services.
> Please let us know asap, the next steps. I hope there is some actions
> after this issue has been raised, so Ali and Reza , including me know what
> to expect.
> Regards
> --
> Johanna Curiel

Johanna Curiel
OWASP Volunteer
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