[Owasp-leaders] Statement about the AppSec-EU 2018 and related events

Tobias Glemser tobias.glemser at owasp.org
Wed Jan 24 10:20:08 UTC 2018

+1 Eoin

>From several chats I had with OWASP volunteers about this issue I feel we,
the community, are deeply confused about the decision. OWASP is open and
transparent. Board, go for it. Please.

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 11:07 AM, Eoin Keary <eoin.keary at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hi Martin,
> I may of missed this but It may be useful to cite reasons for the move
> from Israel to the UK to keep alignment with our mantra of OWASP "radical
> transparency".
> What was the basis for the decision.
> Eoin
> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 11:33 PM, Martin Knobloch <
> martin.knobloch at owasp.org> wrote:
>> Dear OWASP community,
>> As there have been quite a number of changes over the last number of
>> months, the Global OWASP Foundation has faced a number of challenges. As
>> you may be aware, three of our staff members have left the foundation,
>> leaving a big gap in our day to day operations. This is not an excuse, but
>> a reason why some processes both slowing down or even came to a complete
>> halt. We are very happy to have found an Executive Director (ED) in Karen
>> Staley. Since joining, Karen has been working hard to turn these challenges
>> into opportunities and to allow OWASP to increase our organizational
>> maturity and professionalism. I think it’s safe to say that the four newly
>> elected board members and new ED, have had the most memorable start in
>> their new position.
>> We are all extremely passionate about OWASP and with this passion comes
>> frustrations. Your frustration in relation to the lack of information/
>> communication is understandable. As most of you were celebrating the
>> Christmas and New Year holidays, the board were blindsided by these events.
>> To this end the newly elected and sitting board members, together with our
>> ED, were busy with the matters at hand. Given the time of year and the
>> nature of the matter at hand, it’s easy to forget to communicate. We
>> understand that the lack of communication on our part can make you assume
>> nothing is happening.
>> Even though there was no communication with the OWASP community at large,
>> we want to ensure you that we were in constant communications with those
>> involved and are working towards an acceptable path forward.
>> As per previous mailing list communications, the AppSec-EU 2018
>> conference will take place in the UK. Operational challenges are currently
>> being resolved and information about the conference venue, location will be
>> available as soon possible.
>> Volunteers who have been working hard on organizing the AppSec-EU 2018
>> conference in Tel Aviv and the OWASP Israel chapter especially, felt
>> frustrated with the decision to move the conference and way it had been
>> communicated. Those that have previously organized a global OWASP AppSec
>> conference in the past know how much more complex it is to organize
>> compared to a local event, even if the numbers of attendees are more of
>> less the same. The decision to move the AppSec-EU 2018 conference to the UK
>> has been made. We would like to acknowledge the effort of the organizing
>> team, while realizing the required level of support from the foundation was
>> not achieved.
>> As OWASP board and staff, we see the huge burden it puts on the local
>> chapter and leading volunteers. The OWASP board and staff recognizes the
>> necessity of providing more professional support to the local chapter and
>> volunteers to justify the expectations of our community and sponsors. With
>> her extensive experience in organizing international conferences, our ED is
>> working hard to do so.
>> As you are aware, the board members are volunteers too and we do our best
>> to act in the best interest of the OWASP community. OWASP is bigger than
>> individuals or the board, OWASP is a community which is driven by it
>> volunteers and we welcome your input in how we can improve OWASP to further
>> our mission. Please be invited to the OWASP Board meetings
>> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Board>, the first meeting of the
>> current board is January 24th
>> <https://www.owasp.org/index.php/January_24,_2018>.
>> Many times, those who shout the loudest are perceived in representing the
>> community’s opinion. In the succession of the announcement the AppSec-EU to
>> be moved from Tel Aviv to the UK, and the public statement that has been
>> made articulating the frustrations about this decision, people from inside
>> and outside the OWASP community felt the need to vent their opinions. As we
>> are an open organization, I appreciate how forthcoming our community was.
>> Nevertheless, in OWASP we have a clear policy of ethics, stating the
>> expected professionalism in communication and respect towards each other.
>> We as a community of professionals are required to set an example to the
>> next generation and should therefore lead by example in respecting these
>> ethics when communicating both privately and in the public domain.
>> We will endeavor to improve our communications going forward and hope
>> that this has not deterred any of the great OWASP community that have spent
>> a countless number of hours volunteering to improve software security as a
>> whole.
>> Kind regards,
>> Martin Knobloch
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