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Forum Infrastructure WG


approval of the CAB Forum by ballot in accordance with section 5.3 of
the Bylaws, the Forum Infrastructure Working Group (“FIWG”) is created
to perform the activities as specified in this Charter, subject to the
terms and conditions of the CA/Browser Forum Bylaws and Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) Policy, as such documents may change from time to
time. The definitions found in the Forum’s Bylaws shall apply to
capitalized terms in this Charter.


The authorized scope of the Forum Infrastructure Working Group shall be as follows:

  1. To oversee the acquisition, operation, and maintenance of the common CA/Browser Forum website and wiki resources;
  2. To
    coordinate updates to public and Forum-facing web and wiki content in
    support of the Forum Webmaster role established in the Bylaws;
  3. To
    create and manage the division of access and content spaces required to
    help ensure the separation of the work of various Working Groups and
    accompanying IP commitments, as described in the Forum’s IPR Policy;
  4. To
    manage the Forum-level email lists and to offer management of
    working-group and subcommittee mailing lists as needed in support of the
    Forum List Manager role established in the Bylaws;
  5. To perform other activities ancillary to the primary activities listed above.

Out of Scope

The following items are considered out of scope for the Working Group under this charter:

  • The FIWG will not address coordination of Forum or Working Group face-to-face meetings.
  • The FIWG will not create Final Guidelines or Final Maintenance Guidelines as defined in the Bylaws and IPR Policy.
  • The
    FIWG shall provide recommendations of infrastructure acquisition or use
    to the Forum, but shall not impose requirements upon the rest of the
  • The FIWG will
    not address the acquisition or maintenance of software or services used
    for online meetings of the Forum Plenary or Working Groups.

addition to the above, the work of the FIWG in managing content updates
to online content shall be offered to Working Groups and Subcommittees,
but shall not supplant the responsibilities of Forum chairs or members
to do so as required by the Bylaws.

Anticipated End Date

Given that
the work of infrastructure support and management is expected to be
consistent and ongoing, the FIWG is chartered without a specific end
date. However, the FIWG may be dissolved at any time through a Forum
ballot, as specified in the Bylaws, section 5.3.2c.

Personnel and Participation

Initial Chairs and Contacts

The proposer
of the ballot, Jos Purvis, will act as chair of the FIWG until the
first Working Group Teleconference, at which time the group will select a
chair and vice-chair either through election or acclamation of those
present. The chair and vice-chair will serve two-year terms, the first
of which will start upon their election and run through 31 October 2020.

Members Eligible to Participate

welcomes the participation of any Member organization of the Forum
Plenary interested in this work, and also invites Interested Parties and
Associate Members as defined in the Bylaws to participate in its
meetings and work. In addition to organizations choosing to participate
in the FIWG, the following people shall be automatically declared as
Members of the FIWG:

  • The Forum Plenary Chair;
  • The Forum Plenary Vice-Chair;
  • The Forum Plenary Webmaster;
  • The Forum Plenary List Manager;
  • The Forum Plenary Questions List Coordinator.

Chair of each Forum Working Group shall be automatically declared a
Member of the FIWG unless they specifically designate an alternate in
their place. Participation in the FIWG does not alone qualify a
participant for Forum membership.

Membership Declaration

organizations of the Forum that choose to participate in the FIWG may
declare their participation and must do so prior to participating, in
accordance with the IPR agreements of the Forum. The Chair of the FIWG
shall establish a list for declarations of participation and manage it
in accordance with the Bylaws and the IPR requirements documents.

The following Forum Members have declared their participation in this Working Group:

Company Representative(s)
Cisco Systems Jos Purvis
DigiCert Ben Wilson, Tim Hollebeek
Google Ryan Sleevi
Mozilla Wayne Thayer
SSC Moudrick Dadashov
HARICA Dimitris Zacharopoulos
GoDaddy Daymion Reynolds, Travis Graham

Voting and Voting Structure

Voting in
the FIWG shall be limited to FIWG members who are listed as a voting
Member of any other Working Group in the Forum. Voting shall be
egalitarian: all Members shall vote together as a single class, with one
vote granted to each Member organization. Ballots shall be adopted by
the FIWG if the number of votes cast meets Quorum, and the number of
votes in favor exceeds 50% of the votes cast. Quorum is defined as the
larger of 3 or the average number of Member organizations that have
participated in the last three FIWG Meetings or Teleconferences (not
counting subcommittee meetings thereof). For transition purposes, if
three meetings have not yet occurred, quorum is three (3). For the
purposes of counting votes, automatically included members such as the
Forum Webmaster may not cast votes separate from their Member

Summary of Major WG Deliverables and Guidelines

deliverables of the FIWG are defined in the Scope section above. In
addition to the general focus of the Working Group, however, the
following specific deliverables are defined:

  • A
    review of the current web, document review, and wiki software in use to
    help ensure it meets the security and content needs of the Forum;
  • Creation of separate wiki space for each Forum Working Group, to enable the division of content required by the IPR Policy;
  • A review of the current public web content and reorganization as required to support the new Forum Working Group changes.

Primary Means of Communication

will communicate primarily through listserv-based email, and shall
conduct periodic calls or face-to-face meetings as needed.

IPR Policy

As with all
Forum Working Group activity, the CA/Browser Forum Intellectual Rights
Policy v1.3 or later shall apply to all activities and work of the FIWG.