[Board] OSGeo signing certificates (discussion)

Brian M Hamlin maplabs at light42.com
Tue Oct 20 10:14:16 PDT 2015

Board Members, Stakeholders, all -
  Following a recent disussion of purchasing and deploying Digital 
Certificates [0][1] through the OSGeo infrastructure, I have followed 
up with a little bit of research online regarding the newly-forming 
"Let's Encrypt" Certificate Authority. 
Let's Encrypt Certificate Authority
Blog Site:
"We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received cross-signatures 
from IdenTrust [2], which means that our certificates are now trusted 
by all major browsers. "
Lets Encrypt Creation Post  Nov 2014:
The core team working on the Let's Encrypt CA and agent software 
includes James Kasten, Seth Schoen, and Peter Eckersley at EFF; Josh 
Aas, Richard Barnes, Kevin Dick and Eric Rescorla at Mozilla; Alex 
Halderman and James Kasten and the University of Michigan. 
Peter Eckersley  EFF Chief Computer Scientist     pde AT eff.org
Seth Schoen   EFF Senior Staff Technologist      schoen AT  eff.org
  This morning I placed a phone call to Seth Schoen at EFF Offices in 
San Francisco. I hope to be in contact with Seth or others shortly, to 
learn more about the intended scope of Let's Encrypt Digital 
Certificates, the roadmap and timeline. 
[0] https://lists.osgeo.org/pipermail/board/2015-October/013321.html
[1] Digital Certificate   
[2]  IdenTrust   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IdenTrust
IdenTrust is a bank consortium acting as a public key certificate 
authority and secure applications provider whose members include over 
60 of the largest banks in the world. Announced in 1999 ... Early on it 
adopted a technology-neutral policy, developing standards equally 
usable by multiple technology vendors. Initially located in New York 
City, it is now headquartered in San Francisco. 

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