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  1. You enrolled at CAcert some time ago. You have been a member of the CAcert
  2. community ever since. In their name, a non-profit association (CAcert Inc.)
  3. operates the necessary infrastructure and finances it from membership fees
  4. and donations.
  5.  
  6. Arbitration has allowed this email to be sent to all members of the CAcert
  7. community, including those who have not agreed to receive newsletters, as
  8. it contains essential information about the current state and the future of
  9. CAcert.org and CAcert Inc. (Ruling a20190420.1)
  10.  
  11. In the past few years there have been some changes. Let's Encrypt offers
  12. free SSL certificates, which are recognized by most browsers thanks to a
  13. cross signature. This raises the question of whether CAcert is still needed
  14. at all. We are convinced of it. The advantage of CAcert's certificates is
  15. the personal verification of those certificates by members of the Web of
  16. Trust. They can be used for identification, for signing documents or
  17. e-mails, for encryption, etc. In addition, we see good application
  18. possibilities in enterprises by means of Organisation Assurance (OrgA),
  19. which can also generate income and stabilise our finances.
  20.  
  21. Do you share our view that CAcert is still useful today?  If so, then read
  22. on!
  23.  
  24. We have outlined above some areas where we see the future of CAcert. If you
  25. have any other ideas, please write to us. Your ideas are important to
  26. CAcert's teams.
  27.  
  28. CAcert went through a major crisis in 2016. You may not have noticed it,
  29. because of the resilience of our procedures and the dedication and
  30. commitment of our teams. Apart from the new focus, a lot has happened in
  31. the operational area in recent months:
  32. - CAcert has a working support team again
  33. - the software team is active again, fixes bugs and works on
  34. improvements
  35. - some of our systems have been upgraded from six to ten year obsolete
  36. versions to July 2019 levels
  37. - a new SHA256 signed root certificate has replaced the old MD5
  38. certificate
  39. - the assurer test (CATS) is now also available in French and Czech
  40.  
  41. Of course, all this always takes time to be done, time required of our
  42. small group of core volunteers. And time is money, because day and night
  43. our servers continue to run, needing electric power... The cost for this,
  44. three thousand Euros per year, is actually very little to supply over
  45. 360,000 people with free certificates. But to be completely honest, if we
  46. can't double the donations this year, we won't need any more reorientation,
  47. but we have to pull the plug at the end of the year.
  48.  
  49. Therefore a small request:
  50.  
  51. Since you have read this far, CAcert seems to be worth something to you.
  52. Therefore we ask you today for your personal support. This is a support
  53. which CAcert needs now. And well, let's play fair: "I'll do that next week"
  54. is a kind of negative answer.
  55.  
  56. - Your support can be financial:
  57.  
  58. -- A donation of 20, 50 or 100 euros (francs, dollars) (if possible on
  59. a regular basis) already helps CAcert.  We accept both Paypal  Bank
  60. account donations. See https://blog.cacert.org/  for more information.
  61. -- As well, you may look for, and invite a corporate sponsor to support
  62. CAcert's work.
  63. -- In addition, when you book your business trips and holidays please
  64. use our partner Booking.com https://www.booking.com/index.html?aid=346253
  65. -- Become a member of the CAcert Inc. association. Applications with
  66. postal address to: secretary@cacert.org
  67.  
  68. - If you feel better at providing your skills than your money:
  69.  
  70. You are more than welcome too! Under the assumption that enough of the
  71. others will provide the money. :-)
  72. Then get involved in one of the teams. There are technical and
  73. non-technical areas, where even small handouts are a great help for running
  74. our operations, if they are made regularly and with a long term commitment
  75. in mind.
  76.  
  77. -- We are in need of a Treasurer who will maintain our small account,
  78. and doesn't even need to regularly attend meetings. A multi-year
  79. involvement helps better. You feel like being a candidate? Please contact
  80. the secretary@cacert.org
  81. -- Have you been a system administrator in your professional life, and
  82. may like to share a few hours of your time with us? Please contact the
  83. secretary@cacert.org
  84. -- You may help by assisting with copywriting the main pages of our
  85. Wiki and making them easier to read. https://wiki.cacert.org (contact:
  86. wiki-admin@cacert.org)
  87. -- You may join our web site translators team. contact:
  88. https://lists.cacert.org/wws/arc/cacert-translations
  89. -- Have convoluted legal issues ever been your daily bread and butter?
  90. You may help in arbitration! Please contact the secretary@cacert.org.
  91. -- Joining the development team would be too much to ask, but you could
  92. adopt a bug and propose your patch.
  93. https://bugs.cacert.org/my_view_page.php ; please join the developers'
  94. mailing list: https://lists.cacert.org/wws/info/cacert-devel
  95. -- You may become an Organisation Assurer and offer CAcert's services
  96. to organisations, companies or institutions; just have a look at:
  97. https://wiki.cacert.org/OrganisationAssurance
  98.  
  99. We would like to thank you very much for your participation, help and
  100. cooperation. At the moment, there are strong uncertainties about CAcert
  101. that cannot stay neglected because of the state of finances. But if each of
  102. the thousands of CAcert members lifts only a little finger, we will be able
  103. to achieve great things!
  104.  
  105. Best regards
  106.  
  107. Brian McCullough            Etienne Ruedin
  108. President CAcert Inc.      Secretary CAcert Inc.
  109.  
  110.  
  111. PS. Please don't think too long, do something today - next month it might
  112. be too late.
  113.  
  114. PPS. If you are one of that people who reads only the last paragraph: We
  115. urgently need your help as a system administrator, arbitrator, donor, board
  116. member or on one of the many small tasks to not closing down CAcert at the
  117. end of the year. Please write to the secretary@cacert.org
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