Andy Linton

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I have over 30 years experience in Internet networking. My initial experience was as a researcher and programmer in the university sector at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and Victoria University of Wellington and then as a Network Engineer with a number of Internet Service Providers such as AARNet,, Telecom NZ, Netlink, Telstra and CityLink.

I have travelled as a volunteer on a number of occasions to teach at the PacNOG Internet infrastructure computer workshops in Pacific countries such as Samoa, Vanuatu, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia and American Samoa.

This work has expanded recently and I'm now working for some of my time for the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) based at the University of Oregon. NSRC is a non-profit activity that has worked since the late 1980s to help develop and deploy networking technology in various projects throughout Asia/Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the New Independent States.

I have been on the board of the Public Interest Registry which manages the .org domain, the council of InternetNZ, a trustee of the NZ Network Operators' Group Trust and I am currently on the board of New Zealand's Domain Name Commission which manages the .nz name space.

I have done work for APNIC, RIPE and ICANN building software systems, networks and undertaking structural reviews.

I am one of the 14 global Trusted Community Representatives who oversee the key ceremonies where the cryptographic digital keys used to secure the Internet DNS Root Zone are generated and securely stored.

In August 2011 I was elected to the APNIC Policy SIG Chair position and was re-elected in 2013 for a further two year term. The Policy Special Interest Group sets policy for APNIC's management of vital Internet resources such as IP addresses and Autonomous System numbers.

From March 2011 until December 2013 I was a member of the ICANN Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC). The ASO is one of the supporting organisations that the ICANN Bylaws say should be "formed through community consensus". The purpose of the ASO is to review and develop recommendations on Internet Protocol (IP) address policy and to advise the ICANN Board.

You can see more information about my interests and activities at my website.