[Owasp-leaders] Representing OWASP as a adviser to the South African Justice Department

Christo christo.goosen at owasp.org
Thu Jan 14 11:31:15 UTC 2016

Thanks Kevin

Will look into the


Indeed it seems countries around the world are rushing to implement
legislation. Possibly the results of fear mongering politicians and
calls to curb encryption.


On 14/01/2016 07:50, Kevin W. Wall wrote:
> Just seen on a crypto mailing list...from the looks of it, it sounds
> as though South African isn't the only country that needs help with this:
> http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/live/2016/jan/13/cameron-and-corbyn-at-pmqs-politics-live
> Sigh. Clueless politicians working so hart do make the
> world an insecure place to live because they cower
> of being accountable to the public about perceived (to
> them) greater threats. Screw the public and anything
> to save their own political skin. They really all need to
> take a couple of courses in risk management.
> -kevin
> On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 10:24 PM, Kevin W. Wall <kevin.w.wall at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Christo,
>> This might be one good place to start looking:
>>      https://securetheinternet.org/
>> It gives a broad overview, but it's essential that those who govern understand
>> the basic issues before they try to solve a problem that they don't really
>> understand.
>> -kevin
>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2016 at 6:32 AM, Andrew van der Stock
>> <vanderaj at owasp.org> wrote:
>>> Christo - please put together something formal that is not particularly
>>> politically charged* in South Africa, and I think the Board would be happy
>>> to vote on making your submission official on our letterhead once we have
>>> had a chance to review your submission.
>>> Do you need help with social media awareness?
>>> Come on folks - this is the sort of positive, neutral advocacy we should be
>>> getting in to - being a trusted adviser without drama is what we do in our
>>> day jobs. We're good at this. Please look this over, and help Christo and
>>> our South African OWASP members with advice and help drafting a response.
>>> thanks,
>>> Andrew
>>> * OWASP has to be careful about appearing as partisan political advocacy, as
>>> we're prohibited from doing so in the USA, and I'm more than happy for being
>>> non-partisan to extend to all countries. We can and should advocate for
>>> technical positions without being partisan.
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Christo Goosen
OWASP Cape Town Chapter Leader
OWASP Foundation

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