CAcert @ FrOSCon 2016

CAcert was present this week-end at FrOSCon in Sankt Augustin, near Köln/Bonn with a shared booth with secure-u, and was delighted to talk to everybody. We received a lot of feedback and we welcome everybody to meet each other at one of the CAcert events to talk to each other personally.CAcert and secure-u at FrOSCon 11 in 2016

CAcert @ FrOSCon 11

FrOSCon open its doors on August, 20th + 21st, and of course, CAcert is present!

On the annual FrOSCon event CAcert is present, willing to assure members and to have nice talks to the public. We are very pleased to take part in an event targeted on free software and open source. FrOSCon takes place at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin, near Cologne (Köln). We’re happy to welcome you there and enjoy nice talks about securing yourself on the Internet.

CAcert à la plage de la Seine le 19 juillet 2016

CAcert at ParisMonthly meeting in Paris / Rendez-vous mensuel à Paris

Next meeting / Prochaine date: mardi 19 juillet 2016 entre 19:00 heures et 20:00

Nous vous proposons une rencontre mensuelle pour toutes personne intéressée par CAcert. Validation (certification) de vos identités pour CAcert.

En moyenne 2 à 5 accréditeur sont présent et peuvent donner entre 10 et 35 points. Si vous pouvez aussi donner des points manifestez vous. c.f.

Place / Lieu: Bar de l’Hôtel Novotel Les Halles
8, place Marguerite de Navarre
75001 Paris, France

Ce sentiment de l’été pour CAcert à Paris

CAcert à Paris, FranceLe rendez-vous mensuel à Paris à lieu le
mercredi 15 juin 2016 entre 19:00 heures et 20:00 heures

Nous vous proposons une rencontre pour toutes personne intéressée par CAcert. Validation, cértification, accrédidation de vos identités et informations sur CAcert.

Bar de l’Hôtel Novotel Les Halles
8, place Marguerite de Navarre
Paris 1er, Mo Châtelet
Pour plus d’informations; voir le wiki.

If you stay at Paris, do not miss to join the local CAcert assurer group to pass a nive evening with them at June 15th!

Une soirée à Paris ce mercredi, 11 mai 2016

CAcert ParisPassez une merveilleuse soirée au bord de la Seine à Paris, ce mercredi 11 mai 2016 entre 19:00 heures et 20:00 heures

au Bar de l’Hôtel Novôtel Les Halles
8, place Marguerite de Navarre
Paris 1er, Mo Châtelet

Accrédidation, information, cértification;

plus d’informations, voir wiki

Rendez-vous des accréditeurs à Paris, le 14 avril 2016

CAcert ParisNous vous proposons une rencontre le 14 avril 2016 entre 19:00 heures et 20:00 pour toutes personne intéressée par CAcert. Validation (certification) de vos identités pour CAcert.

En moyenne 2 à 5 accréditeur sont présent et peuvent donner entre 10 et 35 points. Si vous pouvez aussi donner des points manifestez vous sur la liste – pour vous inscrire : cacert-fr (voir wiki de CAcert) si vous avez des questions.

Les rendez-vous seront également annoncés sur Twitter

Lieu: Bar de l’Hôtel Novotel Les Halles
8, place Marguerite de Navarre
75001 Paris, France

détails, arrêt de métro, etc. c.f.

Statement of direction given by SGM

Dear members,

there were some mails which were referencing the direction of the new board. This is interesting as the new board so far did not give any statement. Also no new board member either at the SGM nor later did such a statement. Even while it is assumed by many, that I am close to the new board or some of its members, I do not have a clear view what the new board will do.


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However, there WAS a direction given last Saturday. It was given by the statement of direction given by SGMof CAcert Inc with the voice of the SGM. The new board is bound to respect this statement.

The statement of the SGM is:
“The membership is disheartened by the recently elected committee and its persistent disrespect for properly established arbitration, policies and  procedures. It is resolved, that the committee as constituted no longer enjoys the confidence of the members, and each committee member is removed from their position. We stopped short to resolve, that CAcert Inc has been placed into an unacceptable breach of our CAcert Community Agreement, is no longer acting in the interests of the community, and is therefore no longer a suitable vehicle for the community’s property and role as executive.

And instead resolve,
* that CAcert Inc’s actions were the sole responsibility of the committee members.
* that CAcert Inc with a duly formed committee that respects and abides by the rulings of arbitration enjoys our confidence in the future,
* and that the liabilities of CAcert Inc during the period of troubles should remain strictly limited under our DRP as if arbitration was not suspended.

The new committee is to create a detailed and fully transparent, uncensored report of the old committee’s activities since the AGM to which all members of the community may contribute. This report is to be presented to a general meeting for ratification.”

As the one who was selected to do the minutes, I so far can verify the counting of the votes for any part of this statement. I give a CARS that the votes counted by the vote-bot match those of 3 logs of the irc-channel and the proxy-votes were done according to a list created by the former secretary. With the exception of the “we stopped short”-motion, all these parts were given with a clear or even overwhelming majority:

“disheartend sentence”: 28 : 8 : 3
“board removed”: 22 : 14 : 4
“unacceptable breach”: 15 : 16 : 9
“responsibility of old board”: 29 : 11 : 0
“report”: 38 : 0 : 3
[aye : naye : abstain]

41 members-votes were present during those decisions.

Kind regards,
Eva Stöwe, CARS

New board elected


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On April, 9th, 2016, the members of CAcert Inc held an SGM, in which a new board has been elected. The membership felt disheartened by the formerly elected committee and its persistent disrespect for properly established arbitration policies and procedures. This was carried by a motion which shows the importance of being a member of the association.

The full agenda points of the SGM can be found on You may note some placeholders in other topics as later revisions which corrected these items included further agenda items which could not be moved on for the reason of notification of the members in time.

After counting proxies for the votes, the european board members of the prior board resigned. 5 new members were then accepted, including one who got expelled by the old board end of February 2016 because he stood up for an independent arbitration which he wrote in the members mailing list. The old committee was removed and a new committee was elected. The new board members are: Ben Ball (AU), Piers Lauders (AU), Kevin Dawson (AU), Ian Grigg, Gero Treuner, Dirk Astrath, and Mathias Subik. The new committee was also instructed to create a report of the activities of the former board since the AGM. All members of the community may contribute.

On 2016-04-16 at 12:00 UTC (noon) the first meeting of the new commitee will take place in the IRC channel #board-meeting on the CAcert IRC network. Everybody is welcome to participate, please find the agenda on

CAcert at Chemnitzer Linux-Tagen 2016

Logo CLT 2016CAcert wird auch in diesem Jahr auf den Chemnitzer Linux-Tagen (CLT) am 19. und 20. März 2016 mit einem Stand vertreten sein. Dieser befindet sich rechts hinter der Information. Wer sich also über den Fortgang unser Aktivitäten informieren, seine Kenntnisse als Assurer festigen oder selbst enger in das Web of Trust eingebunden werden möchte, ist an unserem Stand herzlich willkommen.

Für weitere Details zum Programm der CLT2016 sei auf die Website verwiesen:

Successful Root-Re-Sign

On March 12th 2016 CAcert performed the Root Re-Signing at our data center in Ede, NL. After the initial attempt[1] had to be postponed on short notice.

The process followed the procedures that are available in the Wiki[2]/SVN[3] along with the tooling[4] used.

The re-signing was conducted by two CAcert critical administrators, a secure-u access engineer, and supervised by CAcert’s internal auditor.
Its execution has been announced on the cacert-systemlog mailing list[5]. The execution report by the critical team has been published there too[6]. The report of the auditor is published in our Wiki[7].

We want to send special thanks to all who helped in preparing and testing the procedures and tools for the process and thus made this smooth execution possible.

CAcert Inc. board tried to have the part for creation of the needed software to be held in public but was overruled by some of the involved teams.

As the re-signed root certificates are available to CAcert the next steps are to publish them to the public. This will need some time as the software team needs to prepare the code changes[8][9][10] and have them reviewed. Once this is done the publishing of the re-signed root certificates will be announced on the blog and all community members will get informed via e-mail.