Committee Meeting 2021-03-04 (2021-03-05 in Australia)

The meeting will take place at 20:00 UTC in the IRC channel #board-meeting on the CAcert IRC network.

Northern Winter: 08:00 PM GMT = 21:00 CET = 15:00 New York EST = 07:00 Australia AEDT
Northern Summer: 08:00 PM GMT = 22:00 CEST = 16:00 New York EDT = 06:00 Australia AEST

Feel free to add a business item within the acceptance period of 48 hours or your question to the board below. Non-committee members: the committee may choose to convert any business proposed as a question in the questions section.

This will be a short meeting. You may miss some of your favourite topics that takes a lot of time. You may vote about minutes, agendas, etc. later. The goal of this meeting is to make at least two decisions so that the teams can continue to work as hard as they did in the past weeks. If there is remaining time, we may share some information.

During the meeting, the following two additional channels are open to all members:


  1. Preliminaries
    1. Chair opens the Committee Meeting
    2. Who is making minutes? (not the secretary this month - Writing minutes in real time)

    3. Is there a time limit? Who is time keeper?
    4. Chair asks whether cacert-board-private or cacert-board maillist includes any items that need to be disclosed to Members.

    5. Accept minutes from 23.12.2020

    6. Accept minutes from 04.02.2021

  2. Business

    Acceptance of new business items no later than 48 hours before the start of the committee meeting!

    1. Most pressing subjects
      1. CCA change. -- Draft sent to board on 27-02-2021; details with OFT OK, form prepared.

      2. This is ongoing: Bug 1499 Re-Sign-Signer-Class-3-Certificate-processus: invite ... to start and critical admin to take over when it is time. NEW: MOTION: give the Critical Team Lead approval to change certificates at an appropriate time after the March Board Meeting. Wording of the motion: "........"

      3. ABC: Present state of Bernhard's work, after having publicly involved people from the Policy Group. Does anyone think that a wider publication (like on the cacert mailing list or by a blog post) would make any sense? Motion about enforcing such a new "Background Checked by Community".

    2. Staffing the teams
      1. Applicants to the Support team
      2. Applicants to the Infrastructure team
      3. Applicants to the Development team
      4. Applicant to the Critical team
      5. Applicants to the Financial team (details here -- first information about calls with candidates by Brian (5), Peter N (1), Frédéric D (2))

    3. Software Team
      1. Issue 1502: Adapt the UI at to deal with the "keygen" feature having been removed in browsers

      2. Issue 1505: Aleš wrote a very well documented wiki page on the Single Sign-On option

      3. Issue 1482: Limit validity period of new HTTPS certificates to one year

      4. Issue 1444: PHP - Brian

      5. Issue 1417: Keygen - Bernhard

    4. Grant application
      1. Prototype Fund: will someone apply until March 31 -- or in autumn?

      2. Linux Australia 2021 Grants Program: will we apply?

  3. Question Time

    Questions from community members can be added until beginning of committee meeting! As well questions can be asked at "Question Time", without added question here.

    1. "Question One." added by Your Name Comment: Replace "Question One" by your Question and add your name

      • ..
    2. Closing
      1. Agree on date of the next Committee Meeting: 1. April 2021 can this date be changed to Thursday one week before (25.3.) or after (8.4.) or one day before (Wed. 31.3.) as April 1st is a holiday

      2. Following meetings: 6. May, 3. June, 1. July, 5. August


Logfile from meeting 2021-03-04


Minutes were written in parallel to the meeting, with tasks listed in action items and actions of this document.

  1. ABC: the committee explored the modalities for implementing a test phase of the ABCs in their new form. Who should be given the responsibility to examine? With how many examiners? Who would be the first candidates?


    I move that the Board of CAcert, Inc. recommend that Ted perform an appropriate number of trials of the proposed new ABC process, confirming people for certain critical roles within CAcert, and report back to the Board afterwards. The background checks carried out during this test period will be fully valid with regard to the policies.

    Votes: 4 Ayes, no Naye, no Abstain

  2. Re-issuing Class-3-Root certificate: the validity of the Class3Root certificate expires in April of this year. The Critical Infrastructure Team is responsible for renewing it and having it signed by RootCA.


    I move to give the Critical Team Lead approval to change the Class-3-Root-Certificates at an appropriate time after the March Board Meeting.

    Votes: 3 Ayes, no Naye, no Abstain

  3. Acceptance of minutes

    1. Motion to accept minutes from 23.12.2020

      Votes: 3 Ayes, no Naye, no Abstain

    2. Motion to accept minutes from 04.02.2021

      Votes: 3 Ayes, no Naye, no Abstain

  4. Staffing the team: the recruitment effort is currently focused on the software development team. Brian, Frédéric and Bernhard are working on it together. This is an effort that must be made in parallel with the renewal of the ABC, because having staff in the coding team without the possibility of reviewing and having the new code validated by a software engineer is a demotivating factor.

    Frederic renews to Dirk his request for the creation of user accounts on OTRS, for the new users of the support team who need it.

  5. Next committee meeting will be held on Thursday, 8th of April 2021








prepare Agenda and Minutes for the next meeting

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