[Owasp-leaders] Fwd: Urgent** Get Connected and Status Update : Chapter Leaders only

Vaibhav Gupta vaibhav.gupta at owasp.org
Thu Mar 31 18:39:27 UTC 2016

Hi Akash,

I was equally confused to see this email and, in particular, the harsh and
unacceptable tone. The email is threatening the chapter leaders for legal
action and asks us to give "status report" by a "deadline" date.

It would be great if someone can help us clarify this.




On Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 11:56 PM, Akash Mahajan <akash.mahajan at owasp.org>

> Hello Fellow Chapter Leaders,
> This email has been sent to a bunch of city OWASP  chapters in India.
> I would like clarification on under what rules of OWASP Handbook does this
> kind of action is defined under.
> As far as I understand once we have mature city chapters in a country, a
> country wide chapter is defunct as that makes no sense. As it is, OWASP as
> a legal entity exists only in the USA (AFAIK, I could be wrong)
> The tone of the email is quite hostile and without any transparency on how
> a few individuals have become we have to report to, this seems unfair and
> this point a bit of sham.
> I apologise if my email is reactionary in its tone, but while we are doing
> some excellent work in our city, we honestly didn't sign up to be dictated
> by folks who in their introductory email seem to have forgotten common
> courtesy.
> Thank you for reading.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Milan Singh Thakur <milan at owasp.org>
> Date: 31 March 2016 at 17:45
> Subject: Urgent** Get Connected and Status Update : Chapter Leaders only
> Hi Team,
> I am glad to announce that I and Nitin Pandey will be leading OWASP INDIA
> now.
> We need to sync up and work effectively hereafter to ensure consistency of
> chapters in India. If you guys have any issues regarding your chapters and
> need support, then feel free to ping me or Nitin for it. We will ensure
> full support actively.
> We are going to organise *AppSec INDIA* event starting this year. We will
> choose active chapter Leaders to be part of INDIA Board and Event Committee.
> *Note*: All chapters are being monitored now. So please ensure you
> maintain activity or else STRICT ACTION will be taken against those
> chapters. We have noticed few Leaders are misusing OWASP name for
> commercial purpose, this will not be tolerated. Legal action will be taken.
> We are giving 30 April 2016 as deadline for making your chapter active
> again. If still found to be inactive, then Leadership will be transferred
> to more capable/willing candidate.
> If any buddy of your's is willing to start new chapter/student_chapter,
> then let us know.
> Lot of surprises are coming this year for OWASP Buddies :)
> Regards,
> Milan Singh Thakur
> OWASP Foundation
> Mob: +91 9405901005
> --
> Warm regards,
> Akash Mahajan
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