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A principal scientist at Internet Initiative Japan, he also serves on the Steering Committee of NANOG and is one of the founding Members of ARIN. He has been working with the computer industry for more than 40 years. He began with Languages and Compilers but for the past few decades has been working in the Internet industry. He is the founder of the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), an NSF-supported pro bono effort to help develop and deploy networking technology in projects throughout the world. The NSRC started as a volunteer effort to support networking in southern Africa in 1988, when he designed, taught about, and helped deploy a multi-country network using varying technologies. The NSRC works with indigenous network engineers and operators who develop and maintain Internet infrastructure in their respective countries and regions by providing technical information, engineering assistance, training, donation of books, equipment and other resources. He is the founding engineer of Verio and worked there for five year as the Vice President of IP Networking. Prior to founding Verio, he was the Principal Engineer at RAINet, which was later acquired by Verio. He was the founder of the Network Startup Resource Center and worked there as a PI. He has served as a member of the IESG. And at APNIC, he has been the Routing SIG Co-Chair, Policy SIG Co-Chair, and the Fees Working Group Chair. He was the chair of the ACM Internet Governance Committee. He also co-founded the Non-Commercial Domain Name Holders' Constituency within ICANN's DNSO. He has also been the technical contact for the Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) which are two-letter Internet top-level domains (TLDs) specifically designated for a particular country, sovereign state or autonomous territory for use to service their community. ccTLDs are derived from ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes. He was a chair of the IETF Working Group on the DNS for a decade and has been the Co-Chair of the IETF. He has been influential in setting up Internet networks in South Africa, and he also served as a corporate researcher at AT&T for more than a year. He attended RIPE-37, where he gave a presentation about some problems and possible approaches to the issues of identity; RIPE-40, where he presented News at Eleven; and RIPE-43, where he presented research showing that Route Flap Damping is harmful. In 2002, he gave a speech at Rhodes University about integration of appropriate networking technology. He was also speaker at APNIC 26. He attended AfNOG 2002, where he chaired a panel on the Hard Lessons of Internet eXchange Points. He attended the DARPA PI meeting in 2006 and gave a presentation titled, “A Curmudgeonly Operator’s View of Resiliency and Research.” He led the US Modula-2 Language Standards efforts for more than 10 years. He authored the basic FidoNet protocol standard and was the Technical Program chair of INET'96. He has served on various research technical program committees, ICNP, PAM, etc. He actively attends RIR meetings of all the regions. He was the co-developer, with Anne Lord, of APNIC's policy development process. He also attends LACNIC meetings and ICANN Meetings and was a speaker at APRICOT 2010. Among publications he has authored or co-authored are: “Into the Future with the Internet Vendor Task Force A Very Curmudgeonly View or Testing Spaghetti — A Wall’s Point of View”; “A Basic FidoNet(r) Technical Standard Revision 16”; and “Profile: RAINet”.
Noted For:Founder of the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC), which helped to develop and deploy networking technology in projects throughout the world
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