[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Community Manager News Flash – April 2015
noreen.whysel at owasp.org
Wed Apr 29 21:42:35 UTC 2015
*OWASP Community Manager **News* *Flash** – April 2015*
Greetings OWASP Community,
I have managed several chapter transitions since joining in November and am
often impressed by the thoughtful, professional, and caring attitudes of
our leaders. Change can be stressful, particularly where status as a leader
is concerned. I commend those who have stepped forward to help when help is
needed, and to those who have graciously passed on the reins to new
leaders, I offer my most sincere gratitude for your service and mentorship
to your chapter participants.
Read on for tips on Chapter donations, social media management and where to
go for technical support. If you are a new leader and need guidance to
resources on the wiki or any of our communications systems, please let me
*Special Update on OWASP Nepal*
I have reached out members of the OWASP Nepal Chapter to offer our support
in the aftermath of the earthquake there. I have so far heard from Guarab
Pant (Thanks also to Riotaro Okada from our Japan chapter). Guarab reports
that many Nepalese remain unsheltered and in need of shelter, water, food
and warm clothing. Over 5,000 are confirmed dead.
One way to help is to join the efforts of OpenStreetMap to map buildings,
wells (very important) and open areas (potential helicopter landing sites
for bringing in supplies) in Nepal. This platform allows even unexperienced
mappers a way to contribute since all edits are reviewed by experts before
they are made final. To learn how to participate, visit:
*A Reminder*: Many unsavory entities crop up at this time to take advantage
of our charity and grief. One thing that we as a security community are
aware of, but it bears repeating, is that we must be cautious. You can help
Nepal by engaging people in your personal and professional networks to give
to known relief agencies, such as the Red Cross
Hopefully, I will soon hear from other members of our OWASP community in
Nepal and report other ways to help.
I just returned from a conference in Minneapolis where I led a workshop on
Wikipedia editing and was struck by the similarity between the open,
collaborative principles of Wikipedia and our own community. Like
Wikipedia, our own wiki at owasp.org offers anyone in our community the
ability to contribute and comment on content and policies.
Every page on the OWASP wiki also has a corresponding Discussion page. Even
user pages have a User Talk page that you can use to address comments to
specific users. I encourage anyone who has a comment about a wiki page, to
add your thoughts to the Discussion tab on that page. You can also add your
questions to the Discussion tab of my User page here:
*Chapter Leader Handbook Update*
We are continuing with the Chapter Leader Handbook update. I have made
edits to outdated information and corrected links. We have received some
comments and discussion on various guidelines but could use your further
input. As a collaborative community, everyone’s insight matters. If you
have a chance, won’t you please look at the handbook and comment on
anything that you feel should be revised or reworded:
Look for comments on the Discussion tab of each page of the handbook.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
*IT Support – New Process*
Starting in May, Matt Tesauro will be handling all IT requests exclusively
via the IT Request system. Anyone can submit an IT ticket at
by sending an email to IT-support at owasp.supportsystem.com.
Matt is also planning to migrate to a new host server in May or June and
plans to work on upgrading to Mailman v3 following the server migration.
You may notice temporary issues and disruptions as these migrations take
To learn more about what Matt does to support OWASP, visit User:Mtesauro
*Recent Chapter Activity*
The LATAM 2015 Tour finished its run of 10 countries in 13 full days of
events an activities. For a recap of events, visit the LATAM event site (
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/LatamTour2015) and the LATAM Facebook page (
Up next, AppSecEU is May 19-22, 2015 in Amsterdam, andAppSecUSA will be
held in San Francisco from September 22-25th. Call for trainings has opened
for AppSecUSA. Be sure to register!
*New Chapters/New Leaders*
This month was primarily a month of chapter relaunches and leadership
changes. We rebooted chapters in Manaus, Brazil, led by Fabio Lapuinka and
welcomed a new leader to Charlottesville, Jeffrey Collyer.
We also have a new student chapter at Leeds Beckett University, with Joseph
Gwynne-Jones serving as President, Christopher Easton as Vice president,
James Johnson as Treasurer and Connor Wilson as Secretary. Dr. Cliffe
Schreuders will serve as advisor. Leeds Beckett is also signing on as an
Academic Sponsor. We introduced new leadership at University of Washington
Bothell with Tyler Laws and Brendan Sweeney taking on the leader roles.
For information or to join these communities, please visit their chapter
Leeds Beckett Student Chapter:
*Tip: Managing Social Media*
Many chapters use social media as an extension of their communications to
reach the widest possible audience. OWASP has provided a set of guidelines
for managing social media accounts. These guidelines are beneficial to our
entire OWASP community and should be reviewed periodically to ensure that
you are communicating effectively and appropriately.
OWASP Social Media Policy:
Posts to social media accounts are subject to the same code of ethics and
principles as any of our volunteer activities. This means they must be
open, polite and vendor neutral. Are you monitoring your social media
activity? Are you aware that any OWASP branded account you create reflects
the activity of everyone at the Foundation? Do you need assistance in
addressing any improper activity by social media users in your chapter?
Please let us know how we can help.
*Bonus Tip: Donation Button*
Every chapter and project is eligible for funding via donations from
external sources. The Chapter page template has a PayPal button where
people can make direct donations to benefit your efforts. The template is
designed so that the Donate button appears near the top of the page, where
it is visible to site visitors. Project pages may also include a Donate
If you do not see the Donate button on your chapter page, you may not be
using the latest chapter template. If you need assistance, I can help you
integrate your current page with the template content so you can begin
collecting donations from your chapter page.
Chapter Leader Handbook:
OWASP Social Media Policy:
Feel free to contact me at any time if you have a question or suggestion.
To create a trackable case, please use the contact us form at
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