[cabf_governance] [EXTERNAL]Re: Draft email on new Server Certificate Working Group for editing
Kirk.Hall at entrustdatacard.com
Tue Jun 12 21:55:12 MST 2018
Virginia – no resistance. Just trying to map next steps.
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Subject: [EXTERNAL]Re: [cabf_governance] Draft email on new Server Certificate Working Group for editing
Ballot 206 says this at the end:
4. Applicability of Amendments. The amendments to the IPR Policy and the Bylaws described in this ballot shall become effective 90 days after the date on which the vote for approval is final, and shall not apply retroactively. Any Draft Guideline Ballots already in the Review Period when such amendments go into effect shall comply with the versions of the IPR Policy and the Bylaws in effect when such Review Period began.
We’ve told people they have to sign by July 3rd. Are we encountering or expecting resistance? Why are we spending so much time on this issue? Why do we need to send out an email on this issue? I don’t think one person’s question (which has already been answered) warrants this much thrashing about.
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On Jun 12, 2018, at 6:21 PM, Kirk Hall via Govreform <govreform at cabforum.org<mailto:govreform at cabforum.org>> wrote:
Hmmm… good point. So Section 5.3.1 of Bylaws v1.9 does not take effect until July 3 – that affects a lot of transition issues (like election of a new Chair and call to participate under subsection (c)) – that’s a problem.
I agree that the SCWG itself exists now, and you and I are Vice Chair and Chair, but we have no enumerated powers to start anything until July 3 – so maybe we rephrase the message that way, and again do nothing until July 3.
Also – if the IPR Agreement v1.3 does not become effective until July 3 under the Ballot, and Bylaw 5.5 (which gives people 90 days to sign) doesn’t take effect until July 3 – does that mean Members have 90 days AFTER July 3 to sign the new IPR Agreement – which is October 1? Yes and No - here’s what Bylaw 5.5 (effective July 3) says:
5.5 IPR Policy
As a requirement for membership, Members must execute and return to the Chair the IPR Agreement attached as Exhibit A before participating in any CWG. As the IPR Policy is amended from time to time, Members will be required to execute and return a new IPR Agreement within 90 days of the Forum’s written request; if a Member fails to execute and return the new IPR Agreement within such 90-day period, then the Member’s Forum membership shall default to an Associate Membership until the agreement is signed and returned.
As a requirement for participation in any CWG as an Associate Member or Interested Party, Associate Members and Interested Parties must execute and return to the Chair the IPR Agreement attached as Exhibit A before participating in any CWG. As the IPR Policy is amended from time to time, Associate Members and Interested Parties will be required to execute and return a new IPR Agreement within 90 days of the Forum’s written request; if an Associated Member or Interested Party fails to execute and return the new IPR Agreement within such 90-day period, its participation in Forum calls, meetings, activities, and events shall be suspended until the agreement is signed and returned.
So I think we are correct in saying everyone must sign the new IPRA before joining the SCWG. I don’t think a Member who hasn’t signed can participate in the SCWG as a downgraded Associate Member – that only happens at the Forum level. Likewise, an Associate Member who hasn’t signed can’t participate at all in the SCWG.
On election of SCWG officers – I am assuming the SCWG can create officer positions and rules by SCWG Ballot – so SCWG Ballot 1 might mirror the current Bylaw 4.1 on election of a Chair and Vice Chair for the SCWG. Anyone disagree?
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Subject: [EXTERNAL]RE: [cabf_governance] Draft email on new Server Certificate Working Group for editing
The SCWG has been created. Ballot 206 only says, “The amendments to the IPR Policy and the Bylaws described in this ballot shall become effective 90 days after the date on which the vote for approval is final, and shall not apply retroactively.” Also, the Charter for the SCWG inside Ballot 206 says, “Upon approval of the CAB Forum by ballot, ….”
I started editing your email, but then I stopped because I wanted to make sure we have agreement on that point.
The Governance Change Working Group met by teleconference yesterday to talk about the steps needed once we transition to the new governance structure on July 3. Here are some preliminary plans, which we can discuss on Thursday’s Forum teleconference. The new governance documents adopted in Ballot 206 are attached.
1. Who can participate in the Forum or the Server Certificate Working Group (SCWG) after July 3?
Under Bylaw 5.5, in order to maintain your current participation rights, you must sign and return the IPR Agreement v1.3 (IPRA).
* Any current Member who fails to sign the IPRA is downgraded to Associate Member status for 90 days and can’t vote on ballots.
* Any current Associate Member who fails to sign the IPRA loses its Associate Member status and its right to participate until the IPRA is signed.
* Any current Member who is downgraded to Associate Member status and still fails to sign the IPRA over the following 90 days (by October 1) loses its Associate Member status and its right to participate until the IPRA is signed.
* Any Interested Party who fails to sign the IPRA loses the right to participate.
2. How does the new Server Certificate Working Group get started?
The SCWG Charter was approved by Ballot 206.
The SCWG Charter says this:
Initial chairs and contacts: Chair, Kirk Hall, kirk.hall at entrustdatacard.com<mailto:kirk.hall at entrustdatacard.com>; Vice Chair, Ben Wilson, ben.wilson at digicert.com<mailto:ben.wilson at digicert.com>; terms to run concurrently with their terms as Chair and Vice Chair of the Forum, respectively, unless otherwise voted upon by the Working Group.
Bylaws v1.9 Sec. 5.3.1(c) says this generally about new Chartered Working Groups, including the SCWG:
(c) After the charter is approved, the CWG MAY elect a new Chair by majority vote of the CWG’s members, or as otherwise specified in the charter. The CWG Chair will send an invitation to the Public Mail List for an initial CWG meeting and will solicit eligible Members, Associate Members and Interested Parties (as specified in the charter) with expertise and interest in the CWG’s subject matter to participate in the CWG. In order to participate in a Working Group, a party must have agreed to the IPR Policy Agreement and formally declared participation. Each CWG Chair shall be responsible for ensuring that all parties attending the respective CWG meetings have signed the IPR Policy Agreement and have formally declared their participation in the CWG via the mechanism designated by the Forum prior to attending.
We think these provisions should be implemented as follows:
* Kirk and Ben are Chair and Vice-Chair of the SCWG, respectively. Our terms as Forum officers expire on October 21, but the Charter does not limit our terms as initial officers of the SCWG. However, the SCWG can elect a new Chair prior to October 21, once it has established who the members of the SCWG are.
* We think the new SCWG should meet in the same time slot as the Forum does for the first few meetings (Forum call first, then adjourn and reconvene as the SCWG). The first such meeting will be Thursday, _______.
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Accordingly, on July 3rd I will send the official “invitation to the Public Mail List for an initial CWG meeting and will solicit eligible Members, Associate Members and Interested Parties (as specified in the charter) with expertise and interest in the CWG’s subject matter to participate in the CWG”. The invitation will indicate the first meeting will be on July 12 at 11:00 am Eastern, right after a brief Forum meeting starting at the same time adjourns. As with our current Forum teleconferences, only Members and Associate Members can be on the teleconference – subject to the rules on signing the IPR Agreement described above.
We have created a page on the wiki under “Working Groups – Server Certificate Working Group.” Members and Associate Members who want to indicate their desire to be members of the SCWG can sign up there, either before or after July 3, to help us establish a roster of participants and establish a new SCWG email list.
3. What will be on the SCWG’s Agenda for its first meeting on July 12?
We think the SCWG’s Agendas will generally be similar to the Forum’s current Agendas. However, there are two preliminary things to work on:
* Approve a process for electing SCWG officers, then hold elections. As quoted above, the Charter says Kirk and Ben are the SCWG Chair and Vice-Chair “unless otherwise voted upon by the Working Group”. The Bylaws say (for all new Working Groups) “After the charter is approved, the CWG MAY elect a new Chair by majority vote of the CWG’s members, or as otherwise specified in the charter.” The SCWG will have to decide if it has power to elect both a new Chair and new Vice-Chair, and if it can adopt more detailed election procedures (e.g., like the Bylaws provisions for election the Forum’s Chair and Vice-Chair) and schedule nominations and elections.
* Approve Subcommittees for the SCWG.
Bylaw 5.3.1(e) says: “CWGs [Chartered Working Groups, like the SCWG] may establish any number of subcommittees within its own Working Group to address any of such CWG’s business (each, a “Subcommittee”). A CWG-created Subcommittee needs to be approved by the CWG itself according to the approval process set forth in the CWG charter, but approval of the Forum is not necessary. Subcommittees must exist under an approved CWG.”
The Forum currently has four Working Groups:
2. Network Security
3. Policy Review
4. Governance Change
We assume the SCWG will want to establish the first three as Subcommittees, but not the fourth one (not the Governance Change Working Group), as governance change issues are better addressed at the full Forum level. However, the SCWG might want its own “Governance Subcommittee” to work through some of the initial SCWG start-up issues it is facing.
I may ask for suggestions on these two matters on the current Public list starting on July 3 (once the SCWG comes into existence) – we can certainly start discussing this before the July 12 initial meeting.
4. How will we establish new email lists for the Server Certificate Working Group?
We think it’s best to keep the current Public@ and Management@ lists for Forum communications after July 3, so we are likely to establish new email lists (one Public, one Management) for the SCWG.
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