[Owasp-leaders] Meetup.com goes Deep Politcal

Brad Causey bradcausey at owasp.org
Thu Feb 16 02:12:12 UTC 2017

This is the page I think everyone is discussing. (See attached)

Basically, Meetup has declared that they are "on the left" pretty clearly.
Now, as most of you well know I'm pretty far right as far as Americans go.

With that bias declared up front, I don't see any reason to move away from
Meetup. OWASP using their services has nothing to do with the fact that
they've chosen sides in politics. We aren't endorsing their position, nor
should we.

Unless we plan to analyze the political statements of all affiliates,
vendors, sponsors, etc., I don't feel any action is necessary. If their
product fits our needs, then let's use them.

I would even argue that discontinuing use of their services based on their
political beliefs would be making a political statement of our own.
Something I don't think we want to do.

Let's leave the politics out of it if we can.

Have a great evening everyone!

-Brad Causey

"Si vis pacem, para bellum"

On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:53 PM, Justin Ferguson <justin.ferguson at owasp.org>

> How is this political?
> [image: meetuphomepage.png]
> On Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 7:34 PM Ralph Durkee (OWASP) <
> Ralph.Durkee at owasp.org> wrote:
>> 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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