[cabf_governance] Draft Statement of Purpose of CAB Forum

Ben Wilson ben.wilson at digicert.com
Tue May 17 16:08:58 MST 2016

Thanks, Virginia.  I appreciate your comment.  I’ll try to  send  out notes/minutes of previous meetings where some members expressed a desire to enlarge the scope of what members of the Forum can discuss within the context of the Forum.  Either the existing organization changes or a new organization is created, but I think a majority of CAs, at least,  would like to see the  existing organization modified.  


From: vfournier at apple.com [mailto:vfournier at apple.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 17, 2016 5:02 PM
To: Ben Wilson <ben.wilson at digicert.com>
Cc: govreform at cabforum.org
Subject: Re: [cabf_governance] Draft Statement of Purpose of CAB Forum


Hi Ben,


I definitely appreciate the thought and energy you are putting into this effort.  However, I am not convinced that we need to completely overhaul everything.  As I previously mentioned, we need to discuss the goals and objectives of the Governance WG before we start tearing down the walls and building a new SDO.  We need to figure out what we want/need to accomplish before we can determine how to get there.  Right now it feels like we are trying to drive a car with no engine and no destination.

Best regards,


Virginia Fournier

Senior Standards Counsel

 Apple Inc.

☏ 669-227-9595

✉︎ vmf at apple.com <mailto:vmf at apple.com> 





On May 17, 2016, at 3:52 PM, Ben Wilson <ben.wilson at digicert.com <mailto:ben.wilson at digicert.com> > wrote:


Here is an initial draft of a statement of purpose for Articles of Association that would create a new “CAB Forum” (removing “Browser” from the organization name):


The CAB Forum is an unincorporated, non-profit association and shall have as its objectives: 


To promote the best interests of current and future users of the Internet in general;


To provide a forum for the exchange of information about best practices in the industry that issues, manages, and uses ITU X.509 v.3 digital certificates;


To promote self-regulation by the industry and to contribute to the self-regulatory process;


To develop professional standards for the industry and contribute to the development of technical standards;


To provide services in the common interest of the Members of the Forum;


To engage in any lawful act or activity that non-profit, unincorporated associations may engage in; and


To undertake such other activities as may from time to time be appropriate to further the purposes and achieve the goals set forth above.


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