[Owasp-leaders] Proposal [Feedback Requested] : This I Believe (Security)

John Melton jtmelton at gmail.com
Tue Sep 10 00:57:45 UTC 2013

Due to some less than stellar planning on my part, the next phase is likely
delayed by a couple weeks. I've completed phase 1 (with your help) and will
send one more follow up email to the list when I have the new list
information to share.


On Mon, Aug 26, 2013 at 12:46 AM, John Melton <jtmelton at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just a quick reminder - send me feedback either on list or privately for
> the next week about this if you have an opinion. I'll follow up with a
> final leaders list email probably early next week. Any future discussions
> will be moved to a different list.
> Thanks,
> John
> On Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 11:56 PM, John Melton <jtmelton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Leaders,
>> [tl;dr]
>> I am considering coordinating a short-term series of essays posted on the
>> owasp site about broad application security topics, and want your feedback
>> on whether the idea would be interesting to the community.
>> [longer version]
>> I have long enjoyed the This I Believe (thisibelieve.org) series. For
>> those not familiar, the idea is that someone writes about a topic they have
>> a strong belief in, using short essay form.
>> I believe an adaptation of this basic concept could produce value for our
>> community. Much of the communication I see flowing through our industry
>> could be viewed as dealing with the low-hanging fruit. I think expanding
>> and elevating our conversation around security could impact us in various
>> ways.
>> Some possible benefits I hope to see are:
>> - Greater awareness of related fields or obscure specialties within our
>> field
>> - Application of solutions from other disciplines
>> - Greater awareness of existing solutions from academia vs. industry and
>> related gaps
>> - Introduction of new ideas and new-found awareness of old ideas
>> - Drive interesting discussions amongst our community
>> - Follow-on implementations of valuable solutions
>> - Big ideas to solve hard problems
>> However, I do realize that the central goal of this idea is not to
>> produce actionable documentation or code, and many of you as such may not
>> find it valuable. I propose a 3-step process:
>> *Step 1. Receive feedback from the community about whether or not this
>> is a good idea. This is what I need now. Feel free to respond to the group
>> or me directly (2 weeks). *
>> Step 2. If the general feedback is positive, I'll send out another
>> request for ideas for people you would like to see write articles. I will
>> then collect these and probably illicit a community vote to rank the
>> requested authors. I will then send out requests to those authors to see if
>> they would be willing to participate. (2-4 weeks)
>> Step 3. Setup a schedule for the participating authors to post on a
>> roughly monthly basis. My thought is that this would run maybe 6-12 months,
>> but we could go longer or shorter depending on interest and participation.
>> For now, I'd like to get feedback for step 1. However, as with any
>> project, help is always needed and much appreciated. If any of this sounds
>> like fun to you and you'd like to help out with leading the project, let me
>> know - I'd be grateful.
>> Thanks,
>> John Melton
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