[cabfpub] Draft Charter: Forum Infrastructure Working Group

Jos Purvis (jopurvis) jopurvis at cisco.com
Fri May 18 09:14:22 MST 2018

Per this week’s call, please find below a rough first pass at a charter for a Forum Infrastructure Working Group, to take on management of the website and wiki for the Forum. All comments, feedback, kibitzing, etc. welcome. :)


Forum Infrastructure Working Group

Upon approval of the CAB Forum by ballot, the Forum Infrastructure Working Group (“FIWG”) is created to perform the activities as specified in this Charter, subject to the terms and conditions of the CA/Browser Forum Bylaws and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy, as such documents may change from time to time. The definitions found in the Forum’s Bylaws shall apply to capitalized terms in this Charter.


The authorized scope of the Forum Infrastructure Working Group shall be as follows:
To oversee the acquisition, operation, and maintenance of the common CA/Browser Forum website and wiki resources;
To coordinate updates to public and Forum-facing web and wiki content;
To create and manage the division of access and content spaces required to ensure separation under the IP Rights Agreement that governs the Forum;
To perform other activities ancillary to the primary activities listed above.
Out of Scope

The Forum Infrastructure Working Group ("FIWG") will not address coordination of Forum or Working Group face-to-face meetings. The FIWG will not at this time address the acquisition or maintenance of software or services used for online meetings of the Forum Plenary or Working Groups. The work of the FIWG in managing content updates to online content shall not supplant the responsibilities of Forum chairs or members to do so under the requirements of the Bylaws.

Anticipated End Date

The Working Group shall be chartered for a period of two years, to begin from the date of the adoption of this charter by the Forum. At the end of that period, the Forum may extend the charter of this group according to the provisions of the Bylaws.

Initial Chairs and Contacts


Members Eligible to Participate


The membership of the FIWG shall automatically include the Chair of all other Forum Working Groups, or those Chairs' specifically delegated representatives as indicated in an annual note to the FIWG mailing list. The FIWG welcomes the participation of any member of the Forum Plenary interested in this work, and also invites Interested Parties and Associate Members as defined in the Bylaws to participate in its meetings and work. 

Voting and Voting Structure

Voting in the FIWG shall be limited to FIWG members who are listed as a voting member of any other Working Group in the Forum. Voting shall be egalitarian, with one vote granted to each member organization. Ballots shall be adopted by the FIWG if the number of votes cast meets Quorum, and the number of votes in favor exceeds 50% of the votes cast. Quorum is defined as the average number of Member organizations that have participated in the last three FIWG Meetings or Teleconferences (not counting subcommittee meetings thereof). For transition purposes, if three meetings have not yet occurred, quorum is five (5).

Summary of Major WG Deliverables and Guidelines

The deliverables of the FIWG are primarily defined in the Scope section above. In addition to the general focus of the Working Group, however, the following specific deliverables are defined:
A review of the current web and wiki software in use to ensure it meets the security and content needs of the Forum;
Creation of separate wiki space for each Working Group, to enable the division of content as required by the IP Rights Agreement;
A review of the current web content and reorganization as required to support the new Forum Working Group changes.
Primary Means of Communication

The FIWG will communicate primarily through listserv-based email, and shall conduct periodic calls or face-to-face meetings as needed.

IPR Policy

As with all Forum Working Group activity, the CA/Browser Forum Intellectual Rights Policy v1.3 or later shall apply to all activities and work of the FIWG.





Jos Purvis (jopurvis at cisco.com)
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