[cabfpub] Ballot 110 - Motion to Adopt Version 1.1 of the Bylaws

Ryan Sleevi sleevi at google.com
Sat Jan 18 00:37:20 UTC 2014

While I realize it's not at ballot review period, a few thoughts, given the
time constraints being operated in:

1) I'd prefer to not change the "Purpose of the Forum" (Section 1.1) at
this time.

2) Section 2.1 ("authenticate digitally signed code") is still a much
greater increase of scope of the work of the members. I'd prefer if we
could leave that for broader discussion. While I'm aware of the "Code
Signing WG" discussions, this change in definitions has the effective
quality of allowing/encouraging vendors with no/limited stake in the
SSL/TLS ecosystem to vote on changes to the BRs / EVGs, and vice versa. I'm
sure you can recognize at it's face, that has some degree of
undesirability, and effectively changes the "CA/Browser Forum" to the
"CA/ISV Forum"

3) Why the removal of the transparency requirements in Section 5.2 for WGs?
This is not at all desirable - although the modifications to Section 5.2(c)

4) Why are Invited Guests at the sole discretion of Chair/Vice-Chair,
whereas Interested Parties go through Forum/WG consent? If anything,
Invited Guests represent the greatest "threat" to members, in that they've
not executed any IPR Agreement for any of the discussions they are present

On Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 3:49 PM, Ben Wilson <ben at digicert.com> wrote:

> I am seeking two endorsers.
> On 17 January 2014, Ben Wilson of DigiCert made the following motion,
> endorsed by _____ of _______ and ______ of __________:
> –Motion Begins–
> Be it resolved that the CA / Browser Forum adopts the attached “CA-Browser
> Forum Bylaws v. 1.1- Draft for Ballot 110” as its Bylaws, effective as of 4
> February 2014.
> –Motion Ends–
> The review period for this ballot shall commence at 2100 UTC on 20 January
> 2014 and will close at 2100 UTC on 27 January 2014. Unless the motion is
> withdrawn during the review period, the voting period will start
> immediately thereafter and will close at 2100 UTC on 3 February 2014.
> Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread. A vote in
> favor of the ballot must indicate a clear ‘yes’ in the response. A vote
> against the ballot must indicate a clear ‘no’ in the response. A vote to
> abstain must indicate a clear ‘abstain’ in the response. Unclear responses
> will not be counted. The latest vote received from any representative of a
> voting member before the close of the voting period will be counted.
> Voting members are listed here: https://cabforum.org/members/. In order
> for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes cast by
> members in the CA category and more than one half of the votes cast by
> members in the browser category must be in favor. Quorum is currently six
> (6) members– at least six members must participate in the ballot, either by
> voting in favor, voting against, or by abstaining for the vote to be valid.
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