[Owasp-leaders] Meetup.com goes Deep Politcal

Justin Ferguson justin.ferguson at owasp.org
Thu Feb 16 01:53:51 UTC 2017

How is this political?

[image: meetuphomepage.png]

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:34 PM Ralph Durkee (OWASP) <Ralph.Durkee at owasp.org>

> 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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Justin Ferguson
OWASP-Kansas City Chapter Leader
justin.ferguson at owasp.org
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