[Owasp-leaders] Meetup.com goes Deep Politcal

Ralph Durkee (OWASP) Ralph.Durkee at owasp.org
Thu Feb 16 01:33:28 UTC 2017

I understand we have a lot of usage of meetup and making quick changes 
would consume resources we can't spare.  I also understand there is no 
easy or quick answer. However with such a service we must to link to the 
meetup website, and the political nature of their home page infringes on 
OWASP attempt to be politically neutral.  I'm not expecting a quick 
change that would be disruptive to progress, but we should consider what 
what their free speech does to politicize our organization, we should 
talk to them and consider the politicizing effect in evaluating future 
or expanded usage of meetup solutions.

-- Ralph Durkee

On 02/14/2017 09:21 PM, Andrew van der Stock wrote:
> If OWASP constantly made decisions relating the shifting sands of 
> lobbying and power and alliances, we'd still get it wrong as many 
> large firms we rely on pay lobbyists to gain influence in US politics 
> here and abroad. I think this is a good discussion to have, but I 
> don't see any immediate change in our commercial posture unless it's 
> particularly egregarious.
> Having a political stance baked into OWASP supply chain decisions is a 
> political decision, whether we like it or not. Not making a decision 
> is a political decision. I understand that we will not make everyone 
> happy with this stance, but I think it should be up to the Board to 
> evaluate this and make a decision if we change our approach or not. I 
> do not presume to answer for the entire Board, because that's not how 
> this works.
> thanks,
> Andrew

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