[cabfpub] Voting begins for Ballot Forum-18 v3 - Update CA/B Forum Bylaws to version 2.5

Dimitris Zacharopoulos (HARICA) dzacharo at harica.gr
Thu Jul 13 08:43:01 UTC 2023

This message begins the voting period for ballot Forum-18 v3.


      Purpose of the Ballot

The Forum has identified and discussed a number of improvements to be 
made to the current version of the Bylaws to improve clarity and allow 
the Forum to function more efficiently. Most of these changes are 
described in the “Issues with Bylaws to be addressed 
document. Some preparatory discussions and reviews can be checked on 
GitHub <https://github.com/cabforum/forum/pull/32>.

Here is a list of major changes:

 1. Clarified that it is not always required to “READ” the antitrust
    statement before each meeting and added the option of reading a
 2. Clarified where to send/post Chartered Working Group minutes.
 3. Increased the number of days before automatic failing a ballot from
    21 to 90 days.
 4. Allow Chair or Vice-Chair to update links to other sections within a
    document without a ballot.
 5. Applied grammatical and other language improvements.
 6. Clarified that Subcommittee minutes do not need to also be published
    on the public web site.
 7. Created a new member category called "Probationary Member",
    applicable to both Certificate Issuer and Consumer categories, and
    separated "Associate Members - Certificate Issuers" from the
    "Associate Member" category.
 8. Clarified language for Associate Members for consistency with
    Probationary Member for the ballot proposals and endorsing.
 9. Removed the member category called "Root CA Issuer" and only kept
    the "CA Issuer" category.
10. Added a step to check the authority of the signer during membership
11. Updated the Chartered Working Group template.
12. Added some language to the Code of Conduct.
13. Publishing private conversations without express permission is
    considered a violation of the Code of Conduct.
14. Updated the elections language as agreed at F2F#58.

The following motion has been proposed by Dimitris Zacharopoulos of 
HARICA and endorsed by Ben Wilson of Mozilla and Paul van Brouwershaven 
of Entrust.


*Amendment to the Bylaws:* Replace the entire text of the Bylaws of the 
CA/Browser Forum with the attached version (CA-Browser Forum Bylaws 

*NOTE:* There are two redlines produced by GitHub

 1. Bylaws-redline.pdf (attached)
 2. GitHub redline available at


The procedure for this ballot is as follows:

*Forum-18 v3 - Update CA/B Forum Bylaws to version 2.5
* 	*Start time (10:00 UTC)* 	*End time (10:00 UTC)*
Discussion (at least 7 days) 	4 July 2023 	11 July 2023
Expected Vote for approval (7 days) 	13 July 2023
	20 July 2023
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