[cabfpub] Pre-Ballot 206 - Amendment to IPR Policy & Bylaws re Working Group Formation

Tim Hollebeek tim.hollebeek at digicert.com
Thu Jan 18 17:53:59 MST 2018


So I think the question is whether there can be formal “subcommittees” below the Server Certificate Working Group, that would correspond to the existing “Working Groups” which are subgroups of the forum as a whole now.  I’ll double-check the language tomorrow, but my understanding is that in the new bylaws, Working Group means something like “Server Certificate” or “Code Signing”, not something like “Network Security (subgroup of Server Certificate)”.  It’s probably ok if they can continue to exist at the top level until they get re-chartered into the right positions.  We’ve done a great job on making sure there’s a continuity plan for the Server Certificate Working Group, now we just need to cross our eyes and dot our tees and make sure nothing will go wrong with the subgroups …

 

Probably a good topic for Tuesday along with Kirk’s observation that our IPR agreement has a bug with respect to Interested Parties.  This entity approves of including Interested Parties as entities subject to the IPR (though it cannot commit it’s parent entity, no matter how hard it desires to do so ☹).

 

-Tim

 

 

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Tim raises a good question below, regarding whether legacy working groups and newly-approved working groups should both be called “working groups.”  Maybe we should make a clear distinction between “Legacy Groups,” and “Chartered Working Groups,” or something similar.  Thoughts?

 

There’s also a question about a mechanism to convert “legacy” working groups to “chartered” working groups within 6 months.  The process for converting a “legacy” group into a “chartered” group is specified in Section 5.3.4 (see below) of the new Bylaws.  The legacy group would need to go through the same process as any other group would to get a charter approved.  So the process is already covered.

5.3.4 Legacy Working Groups

Any legacy Working Groups in existence when this Bylaws v.1.8 is approved by the Forum shall have the option of immediately terminating or continuing in effect without change for 6 months following such approval.  For a legacy a Working Group to continue beyond such 6 months, it must have a charter approved as described in Section 5.3.1 above, as if it was a new Working Group.





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On Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 7:56 AM, Tim Hollebeek <tim.hollebeek at digicert.com <mailto:tim.hollebeek at digicert.com> >
wrote:





What are we going to do about continuity of existing working groups (old
terminology, not new)?  Is it necessary for the Server Certificate Working
Group Charter to say anything about sub-working groups (I wish we hadn't
used the existing term "working group" to mean something new, it is going
to be very confusing).

Section 5.3.4 states that "legacy" working groups can be terminated

immediately or must be rechartered within 6 months.

There is no such thing as a "sub-working group" under the new bylaws. I
think this means that there is no mechanism for an existing WG like
Validation or Network Security to bring a proposal to the Server
Certificate WG for discussion and voting?
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Yes, that last part is what I?m concerned about.  We said they need to be re-chartered within 6 months, but I think we dropped the ball on including a mechanism to do so.



-Tim




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