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New Background check etablished

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English Our efforts, most recently under Ted’s leadership, to re-establish a functioning background assessment system (formerly called ABC) for incoming volunteers were successful. This was essential for us to be able to staff our teams again.

In May-June 2020, after recognising the inability of the last remaining arbitrators to re-establish the arbitration function anywhere near what it was until 2016, and after consultation with the arbitrators, we established a new background check process, which we entrusted to members of the association who had undergone this ABC check themselves in the past. The first entrusted members to interview newcomers were Bernhard F and Dirk A.

As a result of this work, new background checks were carried out for the first time in more than seven years in the past weeks. Three candidates for positions with wide ranging system access were interviewed by the two examiners in a suitable interview setting to assess with them whether they might be open to external manipulation or even blackmail once appointed to positions with wide ranging access to the machines. Each of the applicants presented a report of their interview to the committee and the committee members were asked to vote on whether they should accept appointment to the positions of responsibility under consideration.

Français Nos efforts pour rétablir un système fonctionnel d’évaluation des antécédents (anciennement appelé ABC) pour les nouveaux volontaires ont été couronnés de succès. C’était indispensable pour que nous puissions reconstituer nos équipes. Après avoir reconnu l’incapacité des derniers arbitres restants à rétablir la fonction d’arbitrage à un niveau proche de ce qu’elle était jusqu’en 2016, nous avons établi un nouveau processus de vérification des antécédents (ABC) que nous avons confié à des membres de l’Association qui s’étaient eux-mêmes soumis à cet examen ABC dans le passé.

Grâce à ce travail, des vérifications des antécédents ont été effectuées pour la première fois en plus de sept ans au cours des dernières semaines. Trois candidats ont été interrogés dans un cadre d’entretien approprié afin d’évaluer avec eux s’ils pouvaient être ouverts à la manipulation externe ou même au chantage une fois nommés à des postes ayant un accès étendu aux machines. Les membres du comité ont été invités à voter pour accepter ou non la nomination aux postes de responsabilité envisagés après avoir vu les résultats.

Deutsch Unsere Bemühungen wieder eine funktionierende Hintergrundprüfung (früher ABC genannt) für neu hinzukommende Freiwillige einzuführen, waren erfolgreich. Dies war unerlässlich, damit wir unsere Arbeitsgruppen wieder besetzen können.

Nachdem wir die Unmöglichkeit erkannt hatten, die Schiedsfunktion wieder annähernd so zu etablieren, wie sie bis 2016 war, haben wir nach Rücksprache mit den Arbitratoren eine neue Hintergrundprüfung eingerichtet, mit der wir Mitglieder des Vereins betraut haben, die sich in der Vergangenheit bereits selbst dieser ABC-Überprüfung unterzogen hatten.

Deshalb wurden in den vergangenen Wochen nach mehr als sieben Jahren erstmals wieder Hintergrundprüfungen durchgeführt. Drei Kandidaten für Posten mit weitreichendem Systemzugang wurden von den beiden Prüfern in einem geeigneten Gesprächsrahmen befragt, um mit ihnen abzuschätzen, ob sie nach ihrer Ernennung in Positionen mit weitreichendem Zugang zu den Maschinen für externe Manipulationen oder gar Erpressungen offen sein könnten. Der Vorstand wurde daraufhin gebeten, nach Lektüre des Prüfberichtes, darüber zu beraten, ob er der Ernennung des Bewerbers für die in Frage kommende Verantwortungsposition annehmen kann.

Change in the Committee

Frédéric Grither from France has resigned as treasurer of CAcert Inc. However, he will continue to offer his expertise and experience as a member of the CAcert finance team. On 13 February 2020, the Committee (Board) was able to fill the vacancy by electing Christophe Meesters from Belgium to the Committee. Christophe is a proven financial expert.

Bret Watson from Australia is now also supporting us in the finance team, particularly with regard to Australian issues. The board is very grateful to know that the finances of our fellowship are in good hands and that we have managed to spread the work over several shoulders.

New Committee constituted

The constituent meeting of the comittee took place on December, 23rd 2019. At this meeting, Sascha T was given a warm welcome. Furthermore, strategic issues were discussed and offices were allocated within the board.

Brian M will remain president, Peter N vice president and Etienne R secretary. The office of treasurer will be filled definitively in the coming weeks.

Deutsch: Am 23. Dezember 2019 hat die konstituierende Sitzung des Vorstandes stattgefunden. Dabei wurden strategische Fragen erörtert und die Ämter innerhalb des Vorstandes verteilt.

Français: La réunion constitutive du comité a eu lieu le 23 décembre 2019. Lors de cette réunion, des questions stratégiques ont été discutées et des bureaux ont été attribués au sein du comité.

New CAcert for New Year

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Don’t miss new functions, new possibilities and the new forward strategy of CAcert in 2019. In 2018 we started again support, software team and arbitration. Now, board and active members of the community are hard workng on the next steps. Support our volunteers by contributing to the running costs of our data centre in the Netherlands. More security, less phishing thanks to digital signature with free X.509 certificate.

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Verpassen Sie nicht neue Funktionen, neue Möglichkeiten und die neue Vorwärtsstrategie von CAcert im Jahr 2019. Im Jahr 2018 haben wir Support, Software-Team und Arbitration wieder aufgebaut. Jetzt arbeiten Vorstand und aktive Mitglieder der Gemeinschaft hart an den nächsten Schritten. Unterstützen Sie unsere Freiwilligen, indem Sie sich an den laufenden Kosten unseres Rechenzentrums in den Niederlanden beteiligen. Mehr Sicherheit, weniger Phishing dank digitaler Signatur mit kostenlosem X.509-Zertifikat.

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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’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.

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.