Writings on technology and society from Wellington, New Zealand

Saturday, November 3, 2007

A New Zealander elected to chair ICANN

It has just been announced that Peter Dengate Thrush will be ICANN’s new chair.

ICANN is the body that runs the core of the Internet – the domain name system and address allocations. Until yesterday, it was chaired by Vint Cerf, one of the Internet’s inventors. Big shoes to fill, although I am sure Peter will prove equal to the task.

Peter has been involved in Internet governance since the early days. He is one of the founders of InternetNZ, and like me is a former president of that body. Peter has worked with ICANN since before there was an ICANN, and with the rest of the New Zealand contingent he has played a big part in moulding ICANN into what it is today.

I hope Peter gets a few days to bask in the vote of confidence he has received through his election before he gets down to work.

Congratulations Peter.

posted by colin at 11:40 am  

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