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New committee constituted

CAcert Inc.’s Annual General Meeting was held shortly before Christmas. Most of the members of the committee have made themselves available for another year. Two members, who also perform other tasks within the CAcert-community, will focus on this in the future.

On January 12th (January 13th, local time in New South Wales) the committee was constituted. However, he has already started work before. As mentioned at the Annual General Meeting, two points are at the top of the pendency list this year: Balanced finances and progress in moving to Europe.

Neuer Vorstand konstituiert

Kurz vor Weihnachten hat die Generalversammlung von CAcert Inc. stattgefunden. Die meisten Mitglieder des Vorstandes haben sich für ein weiteres Jahr zur Verfügung gestellt. Zwei Mitglieder, die auch noch andere Aufgaben innerhalb der CAcert-Gemeinschaft wahrnehmen, konzentrieren sich in Zukunft auf diese.

Am 12. Januar 2018 (13. Januar Ortszeit in Neusüdwales) hat sich der Vorstand konstituiert. Die Arbeit hat er jedoch bereits vorher aufgenommen. Wie bereits an der Generalversammlung gesagt, stehen dieses Jahr zwei Punkte ganz oben auf der Pendenzenliste: Ausgeglichene Finanzen und Fortschritte im Umzug nach Europa.

Nouvelle composition du comité

L’assemblée générale annuelle de CAcert Inc. a eu lieu peu avant Noël. La plupart des membres du comité se sont rendus disponibles pour une nouvelle année. Deux membres, qui s’acquittent également d’autres tâches au sein de la communauté CAcert, se concentreront sur ces questions à l’avenir.

Le 12 janvier 2018 (le 13 janvier, heure locale en Nouvelle-Galles du Sud), le comité a été constitué. Cependant, il a déjà commencé à travailler auparavant. Comme cela a déjà été mentionné lors de l’assemblée générale, deux points sont en tête de liste cette année: Des finances équilibrées et des progrès dans la migration vers l’Europe.

CAcert Inc. has a new Public Officer

Hand over in front of the government house in Sydney, New South Wales.

Since 2011, Kevin Dawson held as public officer liaison to the New South Wales government offices. At his own request he would like to step a little shorter. The committee of CAcert Inc. regrets this decision and thanks Kevin for his tireless efforts in the background and wishes him all the best for the future.

These days, the office was handed over to Alexander Samad, who has been a member of the committee since March 2017. Alexander fulfills all legal obligations for this office.

Deutsch: CAcert Inc. hat neuen Public Officer

Rund sechs Jahre war Kevin Dawson als Public Officer der Verbindungsmann von CAcert Inc. zu den Neusüdwalisischen Regierungsstellen. Auf seinen eigenen Wunsch möcht er nun etwas kürzer treten. Der Vorstand von CAcert Inc. bedauert den Entscheid und dankt Kevin für seinen unermüdlichen Einsatz im Hintergrund und wünscht ihm für die weitere Zukunft alles Gute.

Dieser Tage erfolgte die Amtsübergabe an Alexander Samad, der seit dem 31. März 2017 dem Vorstand angehört. Alexander erfüllt alle gesetzlich vorgeschriebenen Pflichten für dieses Amt.

Français: Un nouveau Officer Public pour CAcert Inc.

Depuis 2011, Kevin Dawson était l’officier public pour la liaison avec les organismes gouvernementaux de la Nouvelle-Galles du Sud. À sa propre demande, il avait maintenant pris sa retraite. Le comité de CAcert Inc. regrette cela et aimerait remercier Kevin pour ses efforts inlassables en arrière-plan et lui souhaite le meilleur pour l’avenir.

Cette journée a été la remise officielle à Alexandre Samad, qui appartient au comité depuis le mars 2017. Alexandre répond à toutes les exigences légales pour ce poste.

CAcert’s Committee complete again

At the annual general meeting held in december 2016, the three seats reserved for Australians, were provisionally suspended. In the meantime, the committee of CAcert Inc. has filled its vacancies at its meeting on March, 31st 2017. Elected were Alexander Samad from New South Wales, Peter Nunn from Victoria and Ross Krumbholz from Queensland.

Deutsch: Der Vorstand von CAcert Inc. ist wieder vollständig.

Bei den Erneuerungswahlen im Dezember 2016 blieben die drei nach gesetzlichen Vorgaben für Australier reservierten Sitze im Vorstand provisorisch frei. In der Zwischenzeit hat der Vorstand von CAcert Inc. an seiner Sitzung vom 31. März 2017 die Vakanzen gefüllt. Gewählt wurden Alexander Samad aus Neusüdwales, Peter Nunn aus Victoria und Ross Krumbholz aus Queensland.

Français: Le comité est de nouveau complet

Lors des élections de renouvellement en décembre 2016, les trois sièges du comité réservés à des Australiens conformément aux dispositions légales sont restés provisoirement indemnes. Entre temps, le comité de CAcert Inc. a élu lors de sa réunion du 31 mars 2017 Alexandre Samad de Nouvelle-Galles du Sud, Pierre Nunn de Victoria et Ross Krumbholz de Queensland.

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 https://wiki.cacert.org/SGM/20160409?action=recall&rev=13. 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 https://wiki.cacert.org/Brain/CAcertInc/Committee/MeetingAgendasAndMinutes/2016-04-16.

Get Audit ready

The new elected CAcert Inc board want to share their mission statement for the current fiscal year.

We want to help CAcert to become the world’s most trusted service provider able to help people around the world

  • to secure their privacy
  • to secure their identity

in the area of digital electronic communications. We all want to lead an operating Certificate Authority providing highly secure certificates for free to the public in which everybody can trust. The next central milestone for the development of our CA is to pass an audit with flying colors.

We will subordinate all of our activities to reach this goal within the next years.

The first serious challenge to take will be the resign of our root certificate within the next 3 months (hopefully on the eve of FOSDEM 2016).

We want to continue with the tasks to prepare the New Root Escrow within the next year.
To secure the existence of CAcert for a long time we want to prepare the move to a hosting country in Europe within the next year.

Today we ask you to have confidence in our plans and personal integrity and hope that all of you will support us in fulfilling these tasks.

Please allow to remember to McDonald’s main maxim:

„All of us is more than one of us“

The new board is composed of
Reinhard Mutz, President CAcert Inc.
Jürgen Bruckner, Vice President CAcert Inc.
Marcus Mängel, Secretary
Stefan Thode, Treasurer
Felix Dörre, Board member
Peter Yuill, Board member

CAcert applies to become “Interested Party” for the CA/Browser forum

CAcert Inc. board decided with the motion m20140706.3 to apply at the CA/Browser forum [1] as “Interested Party”. The CA/Browser forum is responsible for the guidelines how to use X.509 certificates.

The reasons are:

  • get the latest ideas and hints how the the certificate business is developing
  • get the chance to show how CAcert Web of Trust works and that it might be an alternative for the commercial registry authority approach

CAcert nominated Benedikt Heintel as contact person to the CA/Browser forum.

[1] https://cabforum.org/

New Board of Directors constituted

After the election of the new board on 2011-11-27 on the Annual General Meeting the new board has now constituted itself. Due to the fact that not enough australian board members were elected a Sub Committee was set up according to CAcert Inc. rules.

The current CAcert Inc. Committee – the Board of Directors – consists of

  • Piers Lauder, AU, President
  • Dirk Astrath, DE, Vice President
  • Jeffrey Frederick, US, Treasurer
  • Tomáš Trnka, CZ, Secretary
  • Raoul Xavier Boerlage, NL, member
  • Ian Grigg, AU, member
  • Kevin Dawson, AU, member

The CAcert Inc. Sub Committee consists of all the members of the CAcert Inc. Committee including the elected members

  • Michael Tänzer, DE, member
  • Werner Dworak, DE, member

Both are supporting the Board of Directors, participate in decisions and carry motions.

Kevin Dawson was appointed as Public Officer. He is the Association representative at the Australian Office of Fair Trading and is the co-acting Treasurer on behalf of CAcert Inc. President.

CAcert AGM and New Board, Rules changes accepted

On 2011-11-27 CAcert held its Annual General Meeting. Minutes will be published soon on the wiki.

A new board was elected. We are happy to announce the new CAcert board

  • Piers Lauder, AU
  • Dirk Astrath, DE
  • Jeffrey Frederick, US
  • Michael Tänzer, DE
  • Raoul Xavier Boerlage, NL
  • Werner Dworak, DE
  • Tomas Trnka, CZ

During the AGM CAcert’s annual report and the financial report was presented and accepted by the membership. It shows many things happened at CAcert during the last year and is worth reading to get an impression of CAcert’s progress during the last time.

During the AGM, 3 special resolutions were presented, first to bring CAcert Inc rules in compliance with Association Act 2009 and 2 more rules changes, that fixed a minor bug. The rule changes have been accepted in a strong concensus.

A big thank you to all people volunteering and helping to achieve this successful result. CAcert is dependent on many volunteers and is looking forward for your help to achieve such a good result for the coming year.