[Owasp-leaders] Mozilla speaks up. Should OWASP?

Haral Tsitsivas haral.tsitsivas at owasp.org
Tue Jan 31 18:48:28 UTC 2017


The posted material seems to be related to campaigns and candidates.
POTUS 45 is already elected, so saying anything is taking a position on
policy...
What are the rules for that?

On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:43 AM, Tony Turner <tony.turner at owasp.org> wrote:

> I don't think that is technically true. You cannot directly support or
> oppose a campaign but voter education IS allowed
>
> https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/charitable-
> organizations/the-restriction-of-political-campaign-
> intervention-by-section-501-c-3-tax-exempt-organizations
>
> and also from a lobbyist standpoint, public education is also permitted
> but it starts getting hairy when you start asking people to contact their
> legal representatives
>
> https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/lobbying
>
> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 1:30 PM, Tiffany Long <tiffany.long at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>
>> Arturo,
>>
>> Due to domestic and international laws governing non-profits and our
>> 501(c)(3) status in the US Chapters are not allowed to advocate
>> political or policy positions nor can they sign contracts for the
>> foundation.
>>
>> Best,
>> Tiffany
>>
>> Tiffany Long
>> Community Manager
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:23 AM, Arturo 'Buanzo' Busleiman <
>> buanzo at buanzo.com.ar> wrote:
>>
>>> If I may drop an opinion, each OWASP *US* Chapter should be free to
>>> speak out, if the chapter's leadership so vote/decide/etc it. And OWASP
>>> should not need to declare that chapters are free to speak up, I think.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 2:44 PM, Tony Turner <tony.turner at owasp.org>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I personally think we should avoid political activity unless it impacts
>>>> our mission. If there are US based activities in support of the OWASP
>>>> mission that are hampered by the ban then we should speak up, but otherwise
>>>> stay out of it. For instance, if 90 days extends longer into the year and
>>>> prevents foreign attendees from coming to AppSecUSA (or other activities,
>>>> but I'm laser focused on Orlando right now) then that creates impact for
>>>> our organization and our mission as a whole. That being said, I think there
>>>> are ways to support our colleagues abroad without condemning the current US
>>>> political leadership.
>>>>
>>>> On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 10:55 AM, Larry Conklin <
>>>> larry.conklin at owasp.org> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Personally I am torn here. Yes I want America safe. However I don't
>>>>> really see the value in a 90 days travel band is going to make America any
>>>>> safer.  Mozilla has spoken up against it. They are in many ways a community
>>>>> like ours. Should OWASP also go on record for support or against the travel
>>>>> ban?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> *This past weekend the Trump Administration signed an executive order
>>>>> to temporarily suspend travel into the United States for individuals from
>>>>> Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya. This is troubling for
>>>>> us as a community on many levels.*
>>>>>
>>>>> *Mozilla is a global community of people sharing ideas and working
>>>>> together. We believe in opportunity for all, freedom of ideas, and that
>>>>> multiculturalism is crucial to building a true global community. This is
>>>>> why Mozilla has taken a public position against the US immigration ban. *
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/01/28/us-immigration-ban/
>>>>>
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>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> --
>>>> Tony Turner
>>>> OWASP Orlando Chapter Founder/Co-Leader
>>>> WAFEC Project Leader
>>>> STING Game Project Leader
>>>> tony.turner at owasp.org
>>>> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Orlando
>>>>
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>
>
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> Tony Turner
> OWASP Orlando Chapter Founder/Co-Leader
> WAFEC Project Leader
> STING Game Project Leader
> tony.turner at owasp.org
> https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Orlando
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